Boise State Broncos (2-2) at BYU Cougars (1-4)
College Football: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm (LaVell Edwards Stadium)
The Line: BYU Cougars +8 -- Over/Under: 48.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boise State Broncos and BYU Cougars meet Friday in college football action at LaVell Edwards Stadium on ESPN.
The Boise State Broncos look for their first road win of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Boise State Broncos have split their last six road games. Montell Cozart is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 416 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Cozart and Brett Rypien have combined for six touchdown passes and three interceptions this season. Cedrick Wilson and A.J. Richardson have combined for 637 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jake Roh has 11 receptions. The Boise State Broncos ground game is averaging 117 yards per contest, and Cozart leads the way with 191 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Boise State is allowing 29 points and 346.8 yards per game. Leighton Vander Esch leads the Boise State Broncos with 46 tackles, Curtis Weaver has three sacks and Kekoa Nawahine has one interception.
The BYU Cougars are desperate for a bounce back victory to snap a four-game losing streak. The BYU Cougars have won six of their last eight home games. Tanner Mangum is completing 54.4 percent of his passes for 466 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Mangum, Beau Hoge and Koy Detmer Jr. have combined for 10 interceptions this season. Matt Bushman and Talon Shumway have combined for 329 receiving yards on 30 catches while Micah Simon has seven receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 104 yards per contest, and Ula Tolutau leads the way with 188 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, BYU is allowing 26.4 points and 381.6 yards per game. Fred Warner leads the BYU Cougars with 41 tackles, Sione Takitaki has 2.5 sacks and Micah Hannemann has one interception.
The Broncos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The under is 10-3 in Cougars last 13 games overall and the over is 14-5 in Broncos last 19 road games.
Boise State has been hit or miss this season, as it hung around with Washington State on the road, but it didn't exactly blowout Troy or New Mexico, and the Broncos are fresh off a beatdown loss against Virginia. BYU isn't as bad as it's record, as the Cougars have played LSU, Utah and Wisconsin, and has had to play with injured quarterbacks who have done nothing but throw interceptions. Cut down on the turnovers and BYU's resume probably looks a little better right now. Either way, the home team has won the last six meetings between these two teams and BYU is well coached, so I expect Sitake to have his guys ready. It will be tough to win this game if Hoge doesn't play, but I can see BYU hang around against a Boise State team that isn't as good as years past. I'd take a shot with the points here.