Free Week 2 Prediction: Utes vs Cougars Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 10:15 pm EST
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
NCAA Football Spread: Utah -1
NCAA Betting Total: 47
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The annual Holy War features a BYU team that is looking for redemption after getting beat up by LSU last week. The jury is still out on the potential of this team.
Utah would love nothing more to rub some salt in the wound of their in state rival and the last four in the series have been decided by less than a touchdown so expect something dramatic.
The Utes always seem to be better than expected.
You can likely chalk that up to good coaching, which will be interesting this season because they are looking to change their style of play on offense.
They want to go a little faster and be more dynamic.
Utah won its opener against North Dakota. UND is definitely one of those FCS teams that can trip you up but the Utes had little trouble. The numbers don’t jump put at you though.
This might be a perfect spot to take on their rival. Not only are BYU down after a loss but there is no real reason to look ahead for the Utes – San Jose State is on deck.
Maximum focus here which is good for coach Kyle Wittingham.
There has to be some concern in Provo. First the Cougars did not look good in their opener vs FCS Portland and then they got shutout by LSU.
Offensively this team is a mess right now.
Utah does not have the same level of talent and athleticism as LSU but they are always sharp defensively so it is not a great team to expect to break out against.
The Cougars have scored 21 or less points against Utah in 5 of the last 6 in the series.
I thought BYU might surprise against LSU last week. Now I am reserving judgement on this group until they start playing a little better.
That might mean sacrificing a win or two but I am not sure they get one this week.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 4-0 in Utes last 4 games overall.
- Under is 5-1 in Utes last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Utes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Under is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 games overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
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It is early so it is hard to get a great read on either team yet and it seems that linesmakers are not being too aggressive with their opinions either.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Utah -1
I will admit that I did not like what I saw from that BYU-LSU game a week ago. The Cougars looked slow and unenthusiastic. This is a game where emotions should be high but they also have to play.
My hunch is that we will see more of the new Utah offense in this one and those wrinkles will help win the day. Utah gets the road win.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Utah 31 – BYU 23
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