Free Las Vegas Bowl Prediction: Cougars vs Utes Odds
College football betting on the 2015 Las Vegas Bowl sees the BYU Cougars taking on the Utah Utes on Saturday December 19th at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Las Vegas Bowl
BYU Cougars (9-3) vs. Utah Utes (9-3)
Date: Saturday December 19
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, Nevada
NCAA Football Spread: Utah -2.5
NCAA Betting Total: 55
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This is a great first day of bowl action tilt. Is there anything weirder than two teams from Utah meeting in Las Vegas.
Holy War continues.
I know it might be early on but I think this has a chance of being one of the best bowl games of the whole bowl season.
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall has taken the job as the head coach at Virginia but he is still coaching the Cougars in this one…for now (there is controversy brewing).
The Cougars have had another nice season, especially impressive given they lost their starting QB Taysom Hill for the season once again.
They finished strong without him though, winning seven of their last eight games to finish at 9-3.
In Hill’s place Tanner Mangum has proven he has a bright future. The frosh has thrown for over 3000 yards and has not thrown a pick in his last three games.
He is not the athlete that Hill is but he will prove to be the better quarterback.
BYU is always a physical and mature team and they are going to be ready to play for this one. Even with their unsettled coaching situation.
The Utes were one of the hottest teams early in the season but they couldn’t sustain it. They have lost two of their last three and barely beat Colorado to close the season. It was a nice run while it lasted though.
While the Cougars want to throw it the Utes want to rely on powerful back Devontae Booker to drive their offense. He is a real bull and tough to take down.
Unfortunately for the Utes the Cougars strength plays to their weakness on defense. They gave up a ton of yards through the air this season. Hard to believe an extra couple weeks of practice will cure that.
Utah and BYU have to be looking at a chance to renew their rivalry as a glass half full situation. Most bowl games matchups are lame.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Cougars are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Under is 4-1 in Cougars last 5 neutral site games.
- Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Utes last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Utes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Utes are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 bowl games.
Free 2015 Las Vegas Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
The underdog is 5-0 ATS in this one and I am going to back BYU in this spot. This game could go either way.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: BYU ATS
I don’t like that the Cougars just lost their coach (essentially) but I think they will rise above. They have played well with adversity and are not going to be overmatched.
Las Vegas Bowl Free Score Prediction: BYU 27 – Utah 24
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