How To Bet The Holy War - BYU vs Utah In Week 2 Of College Football

BYU Cougars To Edge The Holy War

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:30 PM GMT

Saturday, Sep. 10, 2016 4:30 PM GMT

The latest chapter of the Holy War will unfold this Saturday as the BYU Cougars travel to Salt Lake City to meet their intrastate rivals, the Utah Utes. Let's review the college football odds and get on the sharp side of this one.

Las Vegas Bowl Rematch
It's more than a bit ironic that the two schools from Mormon Country met in Sin City for their postseason bowl bid. The 22nd ranked Utes were installed as 2 ½ point neutral site favorites by the college football odds makers and they did not disappoint their backers with a 35-28 victory.

But that was last season and now it's all shiny and new. Last week BYU kicked off the 2016 season in fine fashion with an 18-16 road win over the Arizona Wildcats. The Cougars' freshman kicker Jake Oldroyd notched his first college field goal by booting his way into rivalry folklore with a 33-yard blast that split the uprights with only four seconds remaining. BYU's offense was efficient and balanced with QB Taysom Hill racking up 202 yards on 21-of-29 passing with one touchdown while their ground attack chewed up 213 yards and made one trip into the end zone as well.

Utah also notched a win in their opener but disappointed all of those who included the Utes in their college football picks as 28-point home favorites in what was a 24-0 blanking of Division 1-AA Southern Utah. The Utes defense swarmed the Thunderbirds forcing them to punt 10 times throughout the contest and held the passing duo of McCoy Hill and Tannon Pederson to a combined 6-of-18 passing for a mere 42 yards. Utah's quarterback Troy Williams registered 272 yards with a pair of TD strikes. Utah also had 138 yards on the ground with Troy McCormick getting 55 of those yards and a 4.6 yards per carry average, as well as one touchdown romp.


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Betting Analysis
It's very early in the season and these teams both looked solid in victory last week. But it must be noted that the Cougars faced a legitimate FBS D-1 team on the road in Arizona while the Utes had a home opener against a FCS D-1AA squad in Southern Illinois. The Cougars won't be nearly that easy and have a defense that will test Utah early and often.

BYU has the horses on offense to make this a very interesting matchup. Despite Utah's shutout of a lesser light in the Thunderbirds they will have to be on their toes against Taysom Hill who has more than a few weapons at his disposal and Jamaal Williams coming out of the backfield who averaged 5.6 yards per carry against Arizona last week.

Here are a few stats to consider:

  • BYU is 4-1 ATS in their last five games played in September.
  • BYU is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
  • Utah is 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
  • Utah is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.

I wouldn't bet the rent on this one as the season is still too new and we don't know as much as we should about both teams. However, the Cougars getting north of a field goal has me intrigued enough to convince me that this dog will do more than just bark.

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Swinger's 2016 NCAAF Record: 0-0-0 (+0.00 units)


Free College Football Pick: BYU +3 ½ (-108) 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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