College Football: Utah State (+7.5) vs BYU (-7.5) Over – Under 50
Utah State is a struggling football program that had hopes that now head coach Gary Anderson could turn things around. That has not been the case. Anderson is just 9-18 in his career at Utah State. However, this is the same Utah State team that gave Auburn a run for it’s money the opening week of college football. As 24 point underdogs this team only lost by 4 to the defending BCS Champion Auburn Tigers.
The Utah State Aggies were able to keep that game close with Auburn by shutting down the run. They allowed only 2.3 yards a run that game. This is on par what this Aggies team can do on defense. They can and do shut down the run. In fact, they have only allowed 82 yards rushing per game. Unforunately for Utah State, BYU isn’t a running team. They average less than 70 yards a game. Utah State’s ability to stop the run will mean nothing against pass happy teams like the BYU Cougars.
The reason the Utah State did lose to Auburn is because they allowed11.3 yards per pass play. The fact they only allow 187 yards through the air is misleading. Auburn killed them through the air. Their next two games were against Weber State and a dreadful Colorado Stteam. Utah State did end up losing to Colorado, a team they are far better than, but just had too many turnovers, fumbling 4 times.
What makes me love this BYU team is its defense. Again, they are much better than the stats indicate. They are big, strong and atheltic. They are going to shut down this Utah State team. Utah State hasn’t defeated BYU at BYUsince 1978. It’s not happening this year either. BYU was favored by 24 in their last home game against Utah State. This 7.5 point spread a joke and should be at least 13 points. Make the book pay and take BYU
Take BYU -7.5