Western Michigan Broncos (7-5) at BYU Cougars (6-6)
|Date & Time||Friday December 21, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: BYU Cougars -12 -- Over/Under: 50
The Western Michigan Broncos and BYU Cougars meet Friday in the college football Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium.
The Western Michigan Broncos enter this contest losing three of their last four games and look for their second bowl win in school history. The Western Michigan Broncos have won four of their last five non-home games. Jon Wassink is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 1,944 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wassink and Kaleb Eleby have combined for 20 touchdown passes and eight interceptions this season. Jayden Reed and D'Wayne Eskridge have combined for 1,512 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Giovanni Ricci has 35 receptions. The Western Michigan Broncos ground game is averaging 204.5 yards per contest, and LeVante Bellamy leads the way with 1,172 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing 33.3 points and 378 yards per game. Drake Spears leads the Western Michigan Broncos with 82 tackles, Ralph Holley has six sacks and Juwan Dowels has two interceptions.
The BYU Cougars look to avoid a losing season and have won seven of their last 11 bowl appearances. The BYU Cougars have split their last six non-home games. Zach Wilson is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,261 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Wilson and Tanner Mangum have combined for 13 touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season. Matt Bushman and Talon Shumway have combined for 778 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Aleva Hifo has 26 receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 154.9 yards per contest, and Lopini Katoa leads the way with 427 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, BYU is allowing 21.7 points and 325 yards per game. Sione Takitaki leads the BYU Cougars with 99 tackles, Corbin Kaufusi has 8.5 sacks and Isaiah Kaufusi has two interceptions.
The Broncos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in December and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cougars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 bowl games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 24-9 in Cougars last 33 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Broncos last 4 games overall. The under is 21-8 in Cougars last 29 non-conference games.
The Western Michigan Broncos enter this bowl game in brutal form, as they've lost three of their last four games and have allowed an average of 43.25 points during that span. The BYU Cougars also limped toward the finish line of their season, but four of their six losses have been decided by eight or less points. The Western Michigan Broncos have split their last 10 games ATS when a double-digit underdog. The BYU Cougars have covered six of their last seven games when a double-digit favorite. The bottom line is that Western Michigan completely fell apart once Jon Wassink went down with an ankle injury, and he's not going to play in this game either. The BYU Cougars have had issues of their own, but they played some tough teams in those losses and were able to hang around mostly despite the results. Western Michigan can't be backed given its current form and BYU has covered constantly as double-digit favorites. I'll lay the chalk.