Free Week 1 Prediction: Cougars vs Tigers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) BYU Cougars vs. LSU Tigers (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 9:30 pm EST
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: LSU -13
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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It is always harder to tell just how good a BYU team heading into the season. They always have experienced players but the way they recruit and develop players is different from any other school.
LSU is hoping to get back to being among the elite in the SEC and nationally.
There are still questions about the quarterback position but the rest of the team is as loaded as ever with athletes.
For the first time in a couple of seasons there is no battle at QB for BYU.
The job in Tanner Mangum’s and there are a lot of reasons for BYU to feel good about that. He can sling it and is cool under pressure.
Making it comfortable for Mangum up front is the presence of four returning starters on the offensive line. Against an athletic aggressive defense like LSU’s that is going to be critical in G1.
Last year the BYU defense was very good and this season they have almost all of their back seven returning. Up front there are some new starters but they have plenty of been to throw around.
Three starters over 300 pounds.
The Tigers won 8 games a year ago and all of their losses were by 10 or less points so there is a perception that this program is very close to being elite.
That is probably true but won’t happen unless the QB play is at least average.
Even though Leonard Fournette has moved on to the NFL you can expect the Tigers to feature the running game. Derrius Guice is as good as an RB in college football and the offensive line should be able to open some holes.
There is no doubt that LSU will be the more athletic team in this one but the same could be said when they took on Wisconsin in last year’s opener.
With all offseason to prepare and be prepared for they only scored 14 points and lost.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Tigers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Under is 3-0-1 in Tigers last 4 non-conference games.
- Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games in September.
- Cougars are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. SEC.
- Under is 7-0 in Cougars last 7 non-conference games.
- Under is 7-1 in Cougars last 8 games overall.
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This is an interesting one.
You want to believe the narratives but not let them overly influence your decision making process. I always think BYU gets themselves up for these big games but they have not covered in their last 5 against the SEC.
And the trends say LSU usually comes out flat.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: LSU -13
This is always a tricky number because the Cougs could give up something late which allows the Tigers to cover on the backdoor.
I don’t have a great feel for this one so I am going to see how the market moves the line.
On pure talent LSU could run away with this one but more likely BYU competes well throughout most of the game. If they can slow the LSU running game they can easily win.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: LSU 38 – BYU 21
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