Can the Warriors hold back BYU? Last year the Cougars invaded the island and destroyed the Warriors from behind enemy lines. This year however, there is a near 4 touchdown spread...Is the Cougar offense good enough?
BYU vs. Hawaii: ATS Pick
The Cougars are favored by almost four touchdowns for Friday
night's home game against the dismal Hawaii Warriors. What's the right move
with our ATS pick?
The college football odds are very much in BYU's favor for
Friday, with the Cougars favored by a whopping 27.5 points at essentially every
sportsbooks. Are the Cougars really that good? Or are the Warriors simply
If you happened to miss our O/U rundown, click here to see what we think.
The lingering question entering Friday: who will start at
Riley Nelson is having back troubles and there's still been
no official word as to whether ot not he'll be able to go against Hawaii. It
could end up being a game-time decision.
Some Cougars fans are hoping he can't play so they can get
another look at freshman Taysom Hill, who captured the imagination of the BYU
faithful with his dual-threat ability.
Hill came in for Nelson during BYU's recent 7-6 loss to
Boise State and provided a spark, albeit a small one. He completed 4-of-10
passes for 42 yards, but did the most damage with his legs to the tune of 12
rushes for 72 yards and the team's only touchdown.
Whomever ends up calling the plays Friday, he should have
tremendous success against the Warriors, who ranked seventieth in pass defense,
allowing 232.3 yards per game.
BYU's bread and butter is their defense and that is why they are so heavily favored in the odds – they're
giving up just 12.5 PPG this season – and that should slow Hawaii down
There's not a lot of positive things we can say about this
year's Hawaii team. Their only win came against Lamar, a school that didn't
bring back a sanctioned football team until 2010.
The Warriors can't stop anybody, as we mentioned up top, and
they can't move the ball that well either. They're eighty-sixth in rushing
yards per game and ninety-sixth in passing yards per game, giving them a total offense
One of the few playmakers for Hawaii will be Will Gregory,
who has 202 yards and a touchdown this season. Gregory's averaging 6.3 yards
per carry so far.
In the passing game, junior QB Sean Schroeder has completed
just 59.8 percent of his passes and has nearly as many interceptions (four) as
Schroeder's main targets have been Jeremiah Ostrowski and
Trevor Davis. Those two have combined for 26 receptions, 318 yards, and two
None of that may matter this Friday though against a
resolute BYU team that's occupying the seventh spot nation-wide in total
Four touchdowns? Can the Cougars cream Hawaii by four
touchdowns? On their day, of course they can.
The Warriors are abysmal defensively and they now have to
contend with a BYU team that's ready to unleash all of its frustrations after
losing consecutive games.
Quarterback issues aside, the Cougars are the far superior
team on both sides of the ball and they'll be playing at home, where they won
their first two games by an average margin of 28 points.
Last year BYU won this matchup 41-20 in Honolulu, but I see
even more of a mismatch this time around and will include them in my college football selection.
BYU Cougars -27.5