Free Poinsettia Bowl Prediction: Cougars vs Cowboys Odds
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2016 Poinsettia Bowl
(8-4) BYU Cougars vs. Wyoming Cowboys (8-5)
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 pm EST
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
NCAA Football Spread: BYU -8.5
NCAA Betting Total: 59
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The 8-5 Wyoming Cowboys will take on the 8- 4 BYU Cougars in the Poinsettia Bowl on December 21st down in San Diego, California. This is a long running rivalry, the two teams having faced each other 77 times previously.
BYU has won seven in a row against Wyoming, and will look to make it eight in San Diego.
The BYU Cougars began their season in rough fashion, starting 1-3. Nobody gave them much consideration for any success after that. After that first rocky month, their ground game began to heat up and they went 7-1 from that point on.
BYU is a run first team, having 26 of their 40 season scores on the ground. Not a single wide receiver on the team topped 500 yards, showing just how dependent on the run these Cougars are.
They’re one-dimensional, but their dimension of strength just might be enough to get them a win. Running backs Jamaal Williams and Taysom Hill combined for 1768 yards and 26 scores, generating 65% of the Cougars points. These two are the Cougars keys to success.
Wyoming’s defense ranks 88th against the run, allowing about 203 yards a game. This looks like a death sentence against a strong run first team.
They’re even worse against the pass, so even if they do attempt to load the box against the run, BYU’s obvious first look on offense, the Cougars should be able to progress through the air without too much trouble.
Wyoming possesses a very well-rounded offense. Running back Brian Hill has cranked up the heat all season on the ground, having 1767 yards and 21 touchdowns on the year.
These are extremely strong numbers, but they should be fairly neutralized in December, as BYU finished with a run defense ranked 8th in the nation. Hill will find it significantly harder to score and rip off big plays.
Wyoming sophomore quarterback Josh Allen has accounted for 34 totals touchdowns.
He acquired 26 of his scores through the air, along with another seven on the ground. Allen even threw in a four yard receiving touchdown.
He is aided by 6 foot 2 senior wideout Tanner Gentry, who has accounted for nearly half of the scores through the air. Gentry amassed 1213 yards through the air on 65 receptions, and he turned a dozen of those into scores.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- BYU are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games on grass.
- Over is 7-3 in BYU last 10 vs. MWC.
- WYO are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Over is 15-7 in WYO last 22 games on grass.
Free Poinsettia Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
The Wyoming Cowboys have a well rounded offense very capable of scoring on the ground and through the air.
The BYU Cougars are one-dimensional on offense, but their strength lies in a facet of the game where Wyoming finds difficulty stopping the attack.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: BYU-8.5
The tough run defense of BYU will force Wyoming into more of a one-dimensional state themselves, and BYU will be able to prevail on the ground the way they have all season in a close game.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL Free Score Prediction: BYU 40 – Wyoming 24
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