Utah State vs. BYU - 9/29/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (1-3) at Utah State Aggies (2-2)
College Football: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium)
The Line: Utah State Aggies +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The BYU Cougars will travel to Romney Stadium to take on the Utah State Aggies this Friday night in College Football action.
The BYU Cougars dropped to 1-3 on the season after falling to the 10th ranked Wisconsin Badgers 40-6, this past Saturday. Wisconsin jumped all over BYU and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 24-3 lead with :25 left in the second quarter. The Cougars were outgained by the Badgers by a 491-192 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for BYU was QB Beau Hoge, who started in place of injured Tanner Mangum, and completed 11-20 passes for 111 yards and 2 INT. On the season, the Cougars are averaging 9.8 ppg on 221.8 total yards per game (144.3 passing yds/g; 77.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, BYU is led by its RB committee of Squally Canada (6.25 att/g, 29.5 yds/g, TD), Kavika Fonua (6 att/g,29.0 yds/g), and Ula Tolutau (6.33 att/g, 28.67 yds/g, TD). QB Beau Hoge, who replaced Tanner Mangum after the Junior QB rolled his ankle against Utah, has completed 55.0% of his passes for no TD's and 2 INT while gaining 111.0 yards in his first game as a starter. The Cougars receivers are led by Matt Bushman (3.5 rec/g, 39.5 yds/g) and Talon Shumway (3.0 rec/g, 32.5 yds/g). Defensively, BYU is holding their opponents to an average of 23.0 ppg on 405.0 total yards per game (221.8 passing yds/g; 183.3 rush yds/g). The Cougars have 3 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of –3.
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The Utah State Aggies improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans 61-10, this past Saturday. Utah State jumped all over San Jose State, scoring the game's first 55 points. The Aggies outgained the Spartans by a 589-171 margin and won the turnover battle by a 5-3 margin. Leading the way for Utah State was QB Kent Myers who completed 18-24 passes for 181 yards and 2 TD with an INT. On the season, the Aggies are averaging 33.0 ppg on 439.0 total yards per game (264.0 passing yds/g; 175.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah State is led by dual threat QB Kent Myers who has completed 66.7% of his passes on the season for 4 TD and 6 INT while averaging 194.3 yds/g. Myers also averages 46 rushing yds/g on 8.25 att/g and has 4 TD on the ground. The Aggies have talented WRs in Gerold Bright (1.8 rec/g, 40.3 yds/g, 2 TD), Ron'quavion Tarver (4.8 rec/g, 40 yds/g, 2 TD) and Jordan Nathan (4.0 rec/g, 33.3 yds/g, TD). Utah State backfield is led by Eltoro Allen (13 att/g, 52.25 yds/g, TD) and LaJuan Hunt (9.25 att/g, 36.5 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, the Aggies are allowing their opponents to an average of 32.0 ppg on 385.0 total yards per game (196.3 passing yds/g; 188.8 rushing yds/g). Utah State has forced 9 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of –1.
The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Aggies are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Friday games however, are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
BYU has struggled on the offensive end this season, even with QB Tanner Mangum at the helm, however their defensive had looked solid outside of their most recent performance against the Badgers and come into this match up ranked 53rd in the country. Utah State has some experience with Kent Myers leading the way, however, the defense has struggled a bit as even with just allowing 10 points against San Jose State, the Aggies rank just 102nd in the country in scoring offense. BYU’s offense has been nonexistent this season, however, the Cougars last three games have come against LSU, Utah, and Wisconsin. Utah State lost by a combined score of 105-20 in their two losses to Wisconsin and Wake Forest, and as I think BYU will finally have some success on the offensive end, I think BYU does enough in this one to cover this small road spread. Take BYU to cover.