Free Week 2 Prediction: Cougars vs Utes Odds
Looking for BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes free picks? Week 2 College football betting sees the Cougars taking on the Utes Saturday September 10 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(1-0) BYU Cougars (1-0) vs. Utah Utes (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City Utah
NCAA Football Spread: Utah -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 45
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There is nothing like the Holy War. It is early but both teams are undefeated and hoping for a season that will be memorable.
Usually these are close game with Utah holding the recent edge winning the last five in the series, covering 4.
If BYU wants to get the attention of the Big 12 an upset in Salt Lake City could be advantageous.
Things have changed this season in Provo with Bronco Mendenhall no longer at the helm. Taysom Hill i back though and he is definitely one of those players you want to root for.
He is about the most experienced player in the college game. I think he might have been a teammate of John Elway at Stanford.
Hill is super athletic and has proven to be a big time playmaker, when he is on the field.
He was seriously on the Farm in 2009 and when he is at his best he is a run pass threat with few equals – 1300 yard on the ground and 2900 through the air in 2013.
Last week he was very efficient in a nice win over Arizona. This will be the second PAC 12 opponent in as many weeks for the Cougars but they always play a tough schedule.
BYU is always tough on defense thanks to the experience they bring back year after year. They held a potent Wildcats team to just 16 points last week, making life difficult for QB Anu Solomon.
They sacked him four time and intercepted him twice. Any game you do that your offense is not going to have to do too much.
They only scored 18 points.
The Utes really proved they belong in the PAC 12 last year going 10-3. They are expected to take a step back though as they lost their bell cow back and are breaking in a new quarterback.
They were not challenged in their opener against Southern Utah last week, nor should they have been. It was a nice performance but it also means they have yet to see real competition.
QB Troy Williams passed the first test but it has to be a concern that the Utes did not run the ball better last week. They want to win with power running and defense.
Their defensive front was on point but they averaged under 4 yards per carry last week.
Running it at BYU is not going to be very easy and they will try and make the Utes one dimensional again.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Over is 4-1 in Cougars last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Under is 12-3 in Cougars last 15 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. INDEP.
- Over is 5-0 in Utes last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Utes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
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You have to favour the Utes at home but their offense is a question mark. BYU should be very game ready and you know they will be highly motivated.
This one likely comes down to the final drive of the game with whoever having the ball having a chance to win it.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: BYU +3.5
Taysom Hill fought his way back from injury to play in these types of games and he can be a difference maker.
The good thing about the BYU offense though is that he doesn’t have to be. There is more than enough around him. Look for something low scoring.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: BYU 21 – Utah 17
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