Connecticut Huskies (2-2) at BYU Cougars (2-2)
|Date & Time||Friday October 2, 2015, 10:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: BYU Cougars -18.5 -- Over/Under: 22.5
The BYU Cougars and the UConn Huskies face off on Friday Night in college football action.
The BYU Cougars have opened the 2015 CFB season with a brutal schedule and while fighting the good fight early they have lost their last two games and sit at 2-2. The BYU Offense is averaging 22.8 points and 350.5 yards per game and they have turned the ball over four times. BYU QB Tanner Mangum has completed 57.9 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions . Adam Hine is the Cougars top rusher with 312 yards and two touchdowns and Mitch Mathews has 18 catches and three touchdowns and Mitch Juergens and Devon Blackmon have 15 catches each. Defensively BYU is allowing 26.8 points and 414 yards per game with seven interceptions, nine sacks, and a fumble recovery. Micha Wadsworth is Brigham Young’s leading tackler with 32, Harvey Langi has 27, and Manoa Pikula has 20 tackles. BYU’s numbers are a bit skewed as they played three very close games before being blown out at Michigan last week.
The UConn Huskies are off to a 2-2 start but they have lost their last two games. The UConn offense is averaging 16.5 points and 320 yards per game and they have turned the ball over five times. Connecticut QB Byron Shirreffs has completed 65 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and an interception and he has rushed for 115 yards. Arkeel Newsome leads the Huskies ground attack with 153 yards and a touchdown and Noel Thomas is their leading receiver with 19 catches. The UConn defense is allowing 17.2 points and 295.2 yards per game with three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and five sacks. Andrew Adams leads the UConn defense with 34 tackles, Junior Joseph has 28 tackles, and Obi Melifonwu has 23 tackles. Connecticut appears to be in decent shape on defense but the offense will need to get it going for them to be successful.
BYU is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 1-4 against the spread against the AAC. UConn is 8-20-1 against the spread in their last 29 road games, 0-4 against the spread following a loss, and 4-12 against the spread in their last 16 games.
This is just a ton of points and while I expect BYU to win, I see UConn covering with this generous number.