Wyoming vs. Utah State - 10/20/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wyoming vs. Utah State - 10/20/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Utah State Aggies (5-1) at Wyoming Cowboys (2-5)

College Football: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2:30 pm (War Memorial Stadium-WY)

The Line: Wyoming Cowboys +15 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Utah State Aggies will travel to War Memorial Stadium (WY) to take on the Wyoming Cowboys this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Utah State Aggies improved to 5-1 (2-0 MW) on the season after defeating the UNLV Rebels, 59-28, this past Saturday.  Utah State had little trouble taking care of business against UNLV and easily pulled away after 42 unanswered points gave the Aggies a 42-7 halftime lead. Utah State outgained UNLV by a 598-404 margin and forced one UNLV turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was QB Jordan Love who completed 17 of 23 passes for 322 yards & 5 TD’s. On the season, Utah State is averaging 51.7 ppg on 481.0 total yards per game (280.0 passing yds/g; 201.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah State has been led by QB Jordon Love who has completed 67.2% of his passes for 14 TD & 3 INT while averaging 259.5 passing yds/g. The top receiving targets for Love and the Aggies have been Jalen Greene (3.7 rec/g; 52.0 yds/g; 3 TD), Ron’quavion Tarver (4.8 rec/g; 49.7 yds/g; 4 TD), Dax Raymond (3.2 rec/g; 43.4 yds/g; TD), and Aaren Vaughns (2.2 rec/g; 30.7 yds/g; 2 TD). Leading the way for the Utah State backfield has been Darwin Thompson (9.3 att/g; 71.0 yds/g; 7 TD) and Gerold Bright (10.8 att/g; 70.2 yds/g; 4 TD). Defensively, Utah State is allowing their opponents to average 23.8 ppg on 365.8 total yards per game (208.8 passing yds/g; 157.0 rushing yds/g).

The Wyoming Cowboys lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-3 (0-3 MW) on the season after being defeated by the Fresno State Bulldogs, 27-3, this past Saturday. The Wyoming offense couldn’t get anything going agianst the strong Bulldogs defense and couldn’t fight back after Fresno State took a 20-3 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Wyoming was outgained by Fresno State by a 391-221 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cowboys was RB Nico Evans who had 58 rushing yards on 18 carries. On the season, Wyoming is averaging 15.4 ppg on 282.3 total yards per game (143.7 passing yds/g; 138.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Wyoming has been led by RB Nico Evans who has 4 TD’s on the season and is averaging 134.0 yds/g on 19.2 att/g. QB Tyler Vander Waal has completed 51.6% of his passes for 3 TD & 3 INT while averaging 143.7 passing yds/g. The top receivers for Vander Waal and the Cowboys have been James Price (2.1 rec/g; 37.6 yds/g; TD), Raghib Ismail Jr. (2.7 rec/g; 31.9 yds/g; TD), and Austin Conway (3.7 rec/g; 25.7 yds/g). Defensively, Wyoming is allowing their opponents to average 25.7 ppg on 375.0 total yards per game (244.9 passing yds/g; 130.1 rushing yds/g).

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The Aggies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 8-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Utah State kicked off their 2018 season with a near upset on the road agianst Michigan State and has continued to show that they are a top-contender in the Mountain West behind an offense that currently ranks 2nd in CFB in scoring offense. Wyoming has taken a step back this season as unless their able to find success on the ground with Nico Evans, can’t produce on the offensive end as they rank 2nd to last in CFB in scoring offense. Wyoming’s defense is still it’s strength however, it’s pass defense ranks just 98th in the country and as I think the Jordan Love and the Utah State passing attack will have similar success like the Washington State Cougars did when they put up 41 points at Wyoming, I’m taking the Aggies to cover to this large road spread.

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Brett’s Pick Utah State Aggies -15

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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