College Football Picks: Back BYU to Win & Cover ATS vs. East Carolina

Joe Gavazzi

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 8:07 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 8:07 PM UTC

We look at the East Carolina vs. BYU game. Find out who we like for our Blowout of the Week college football picks in this exciting AAC game.

East Carolina vs. BYU (-8) - Saturday, October 10, 7:30 EST ESPNU
East Carolina heads to Provo, Utah for this 7:30 Eastern kick as televised by ESPNU. This is the ideal situation to jump on the home standing Cougars for a wire to wire blowout.

Last week, East Carolina traveled to SMU for an AAC Conference game. In a high scoring game, the Pirates outrushed SMU 306-40, and outgained them 555-329 for a 49-23 victory. This came on the heels of a huge 35-28 non-Conference regional rivalry win over Virginia Tech as a 9 point home dog. Despite the loss of QB Carden, their longtime starter, the East Carolina offense is performing admirably at 31 PPG and 426 YPG. Admittedly, it is 100 yards of offense less per game to last season. Major issue for the Pirates is the situation of this game. There has been a full month of high profile games for the Pirates, including a close loss at highly respected Florida in Bowl revenge, then their Conference opener at Navy (a 6% winner for us on the Middies), followed by the aforementioned results in the upset of Virginia Tech, and the wipeout of SMU’s porous defense. After this trip to Provo, East Carolina finishes the season with six consecutive league games. To say this is the lowest priority game on their slate for the balance of this year would be an understatement.

For BYU, who plays as an Independent, there are no letdown games. The Cougars faced arguably the most demanding September slate of any CFB team. They traveled to Nebraska, hosted Boise State, and then traveled to UCLA and Michigan. They were at home last week vs UConn, a slowdown team who took the air out of the ball in a 30-13 BYU win. But it can’t be ignored that the Cougars put up 539 total yards against a solid UConn defense. It was thought that BYU might be roadkill after they lost first their best RB Williams prior to the season, then QB Taysom Hill early in the season to a Lisfranc injury. But QB Mangum has stepped in admirably, as witnessed in the offense results last week. Key to this selection is the altitude of Provo, a major advantage for the Cougars when facing Eastern teams who play at sea level. It is also important to note that at 3-2 SU ATS, the Cougars have no off weeks as Independent, needing every win possible for the best Bowl bid. Look for them to leave nothing in the bag as they roll up an impressive victory against an opponent who is in one of the worst situations of the week.

Join me in my college football pick on BYU as the Blowout of the Week laying barely more than a touch, which clearly puts the college football odds in our favor.

College Football Picks: BYU -8 at Pinnacle

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