Poinsettia Bowl Picks - Injury Bug Has Bitten BYU For Their Match Up vs. Wyoming

BYU Cougars Celebrate After Win

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 8:58 PM GMT

With Senior QB Taysom Hill injured and out for BYU. Can the Cougars rally around a backup QB against a Cowboys side loaded Offense with Josh Allen, Brian Hill and Tanner Gentry? Let’s take a modern look a provide a pick.

NCAAF PICKS ATS SEASON RECORD: 25-14-1

 

Poinsettia Bowl, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California, 12/8/2016

BYU Cougars vs. Wyoming Cowboys (ESPN, Directv 206, 9 p.m. EST): Two cold-weather and solid ATS teams—BYU (8-4 SU, 9-3 ATS) and Wyoming (8-5 SU/ATS)—meet at Qualcomm Stadium (Grass) in San Diego on Wednesday, Dec. 21 in the Poinsettia Bowl. NCAAF odds in this matchup see BYU 8½- (Pinnacle) to 9½-point favorites (BetDSI) with the Total not out. The Moneyline Odds have BYU -325 chalks with dark horse Wyoming +265 (5Dimes).

 

 

Wyoming Cowboys Key Players, Trends

Wyoming (7-2 ATS L9) is led by QB Josh Allen (26 TDs, 13 Interceptions) and his favorite target is WR Tanner Gentry (65 Receptions, 12 TDs) while RB Brian Hill (1,767 yards, 21 TDs) is the workhorse on the Cowboys productive Offense (37.1 ppg).

 

 

 

Wyoming is 4-1 ATS L5 vs. Team with Winning Records but 3-7 ATS L10 Non-Conference and 1-4 ATS 5 Grass games. The Over is 7-1 L8 after WYO ATS Win and 15-7 their L22 on Grass.

 

 

BYU Cougars Key Players, Trends

The big news for BYU (4-0 ATS L4 vs. MWC) is star QB Taysom Hill (Elbow) won’t play, meaning the Cougars will go with sophomore Tanner Mangum who went 14-18 (2 TDs) this season. So BYU (30.5 ppg) may rely heavily on RB Jamaal Williams (1,165 yards, 11 TDs) but will miss Hill’s Rushing contributions (603 yards).

The Cougars (12-5 ATS L17 on Grass) have a nice group of Receivers in Nick Kurtz, Colby Pearson, Mitchell Juergens, Jonah Trinnaman and Moroni Laulu-Pututau and will have Mangum throwing them the football but expect the able Mangum  (6-3, 215)—the No. 1 prospect in the state of Idaho—to be ready and possibly steal the spotlight.

 

 

Trends, Final Thoughts, Pick

The Cowboys (2-13 SU vs. BYU) played the devolving MWC and their toughest game was against Nebraska while independent BYU (6-1 ATS L7 vs. Wyoming) banged heads with the echoes of Utah, UCLA, West Virginia and Michigan State and will rely on its Defense (19.4 ppg, Tied #28 FBS) to help in this game. The Cougars spanked a Big Ten team (MSU) on their own field while the Cowboys were saddled by one (Nebraska) by 35 points, so this may be a matter of Independent pride rising to the occasion to rally around a Senior QB who can’t play after having a nice collegiate career in Provo.

 

 

In the end, it could be BYU’s Defense which makes the difference in a game in which the Cougars are forced to pass less because of Hill’s absence—meaning the big task for Wyoming’s Defense (34.8 ppg, #122 FBS) may be in trying to stop the talented Williams (5.6 ypc).

 

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: BYU 31 Wyoming 20

Free Poinsettia Bowl Pick: BYU -8½ 

Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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