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College Football Betting News and Notes Friday, October 25

College Football Betting News and Notes Friday, October 25

BOISE ST (5 - 2) at BYU (5 - 2) - 10/25/2013, 8:00 PM

Top Trends for this game.
BOISE ST is 112-71 ATS (+33.9 Units) in all games since 1992.
BOISE ST is 112-71 ATS (+33.9 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
BOISE ST is 68-43 ATS (+20.7 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.
BOISE ST is 71-38 ATS (+29.2 Units) after playing a conference game since 1992.
BOISE ST is 32-17 ATS (+13.3 Units) in games played on a grass field since 1992.
BOISE ST is 44-27 ATS (+14.3 Units) in non-conference games since 1992.
BOISE ST is 64-34 ATS (+26.6 Units) off a win against a conference rival since 1992.
BOISE ST is 75-46 ATS (+24.4 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins since 1992.
BOISE ST is 38-19 ATS (+17.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
BYU is 1-0 against the spread versus BOISE ST over the last 3 seasons
BOISE ST is 1-0 straight up against BYU over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

Boise State is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boise State's last 6 games
BYU is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of BYU's last 6 games at home

Boise State at BYU
Boise St: 71-38 ATS after playing a conference game
BYU: 10-2 UNDER at home after gaining 375 or more passing yards in last game

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Boise State at BYU
By Brian Edwards

This week’s ESPN game on Friday night takes us to Provo where Brigham Young will take on Boise State. As of late Thursday afternoon, most betting shops had BYU (5-2 straight up, 4-3 against the spread) installed as a seven-point favorite with a total of 61 or 61.5.

Gamblers can back Boise State (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS) on the money line for a +240 payout (risk $100 to win $240). For first-half wagers, BYU is favored by four with a total of 31.

Bronco Mendenhall’s team has won four in a row while covering the number at a 3-1 clip. BYU knocked Houston from the unbeaten ranks with last Saturday’s 47-46 non-covering win as a 10-point road ‘chalk.’

Trailing 46-41 with 1:08 remaining, Taysom Hill found Skyler Ridley for an 11-yard scoring strike the proved to be the game winner. Hill completed 29-of-44 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns, but he was also intercepted three times. The southpaw signal caller ran 34 times for 128 yards.

Jamaal Williams rushed for 83 yards and two TDs on 17 carries, but he left the game at one point with a hip pointer. Nevertheless, Williams is ‘probable’ vs. BSU. Cody Hoffman hauled in seven receptions for 156 yards and one TD in the win over Houston.

For the season, Hill has completed 50.6 percent of his throws for 1,680 yards with a 9/8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. However, we should point that his accuracy has vastly improved in recent weeks. In three of the last four games, Hill has had completion percentages of 73.7, 70.4 and 65.9. He has eight TD passes compared to four interceptions in the last three contests.

Hill has rushed for a team-high 772 yards and seven TDs, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Williams has rushed for 626 yards and three TDs, averaging 5.0 YPC. Hoffman is the team’s leading receiver with 25 receptions for 467 yards and two TDs.
Chris Petersen’s team lost senior QB Joe Southwick to a broken ankle on the first play from scrimmage in last Saturday’s 34-17 win over Nevada as a 23.5-point home ‘chalk.’ The 51 combined points dipped ‘under’ the 68.5-point total to end a five-game ‘over’ spree.

Southwick is out for the rest of the regular season. His back-up, junior Grant Hedrick is more of a dual-threat option than Southwick. Hedrick completed 15-of-18 throws for 150 yards against the Wolf Pack, but he made his presence felt with eight carries for 115 rushing yards and two scores.

Hedrick is averaging 12.8 YPC and has four rushing TDs. He has completed 30-of-37 passes for 264 yards with one TD and one interception. His favorite target will be WR Matt Miller, who has hauled in 42 receptions for 454 yards and two TDs. Also, Shane Williams-Rhodes has 45 catches for 396 yards and four TDs. BSU’s ground attack is led by Jay Ajayi, who has 766 rushing yards and 12 TDs. Ajayi averages 5.7 YPC. BYU has one bad loss that came in its season opener. Playing without Hoffman due to a hamstring strain, the Cougars dropped a 19-16 decision at Virginia. Their other loss came at home to arch-rival Utah by a 20-13 count. But BYU has convincing home wins over Texas (40-23) and Ga. Tech (38-20), in addition to solid road triumphs at Utah St. and at Houston.

Boise State lost at Washington in its season opener and then came up short in a 41-40 slugfest at undefeated Fresno St. The Broncos’ best win came at Utah State, but that was after Aggies’ star Chuckie Keeton went down with a season-ending injury in a loss to BYU the prior week.

The ‘over’ is 5-2 overall for BSU, 2-1 in its road assignments. The ‘under’ is 4-3 overall for BYU, 2-2 in its home games.

When these schools met on the smurf turf last season, Boise St. captured a 7-6 win in an ugly defensive struggle. The Cougars scored a TD with 3:37 remaining and Mendenhall opted to go for a two-point conversion that failed. Nevertheless, they took the cash as six-point underdogs.

During Petersen’s eight-year tenure, Boise St. has compiled a 4-2 spread record in six games as a road underdog. Meanwhile, Mendenhall has led BYU to a 25-19 ATS mark in 44 games as a home favorite on his watch.

Kickoff on ESPN is slated for 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Temperatures at kickoff could be in the low 60s but will fall into the 40s once the sun goes down.

B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets

Missouri’s best cover corner E.J. Gaines is ‘questionable’ vs. South Carolina with a quad issue. Gaines missed the win over Florida, but the Gamecocks have a much more effective aerial attack.

Although South Carolina QB Connor Shaw was able to do enough at Thursday’s practice to earn the back-up status for Saturday’s game at Missouri, Dylan Thompson will nonetheless get the starting nod and have every chance to go the distance. Thompson started in a 27-17 win at Clemson last year, throwing for 310 yards and three TDs without an interception.

Maryland will be without its three best players Saturday vs. Clemson. QB C.J. Brown is ‘out’ with an ankle injury and therefore, Caleb Rowe will start under center. WRs Stefon Diggs and Deon Long went down with broken legs in a 34-10 loss at Wake Forest.

Toledo might be without the nation’s third-leading rusher in RB David Fluellen for Saturday’s crucial MAC contest at Bowling Green. Fluellen, who has rushed for 999 yards, is ‘questionable’ with a sore back.

On Friday, Kent St. QB Collin Reardon (10/4 TD-INT) was upgraded to ‘probable’ for Saturday’s home game vs. Buffalo.

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Boise State at BYU: What Bettors Need to Know

Boise State Broncos at Brigham Young Cougars (-7.5, 61.5)

Two of the hottest teams in the FBS meet up Friday night when the Boise State Broncos visit the Brigham Young Cougars. Boise State is off to a blistering start atop the Mountain West's West Division on the strength of a three-game winning streak. But the Broncos will have their hands full against a BYU squad that has won four consecutive games, including a thrilling 47-46 slugfest against the host Houston Cougars last Saturday.

Few teams in the nation boast the offensive firepower of Boise State, which has overcome a one-sided loss to host Washington in its season opener to average better than 45 points over its last six games. Led by a top-25 rush attack, the Broncos should expect to meet their match as they tangle with a Cougars defense limiting opponents to just over 21 points per game. Defense ruled the day in their last encounter, a 7-6 Boise State win back on Sept. 20, 2012.

LINE: BYU has held steady as a 7.5-point favorite, with the O/U falling slightly from 62.5 to 61.5.

WEATHER: Temperatures at LaVell Edwards Stadium will be in the low-60s with sunny skies and wind blowing diagonally out of the northeast at 5 mph.

ABOUT BOISE STATE (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West, 4-3 ATS): The Broncos roll into Provo, Utah without starting quarterback Joe Southwick. The senior standout suffered a broken ankle in last week's 34-17 home victory over Nevada, leaving the offense in the hands of backup Grant Hedrick. The junior hasn't played a full game since his senior year of high school but is excited for the opportunity to take the reins, telling the Idaho Statesman: "I've been preparing for this for four years." Hedrick went 18-for-21 for 150 yards and added eight carries for 115 yards and two scores versus Nevada.

ABOUT BYU (5-2, 4-3 ATS): The Cougars find themselves in a difficult position, facing just six days between games and still recovering from last week's four-hour, seven-minute marathon win over Houston. BYU surrendered 483 yards in that one, but head coach Bronco Mendenhall said afterward he was proud of how his team buckled down after allowing 34 first-half points. "(Houston) got four giant plays in the first half," he told the Salt Lake Tribune. "Every one of them was an assignment mistake or an execution mistake ... and then, man, I thought (the defense) played pretty well in the second half."


* Boise State is 25-9 ATS in its last 34 road games.
* BYU is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games against the Mountain West.
* Over is 8-1 in the Broncos' last nine games following an ATS loss.
* Under is 12-3-1 in the Cougars' previous 16 Friday games.


1. Southwick underwent ankle surgery Monday afternoon, and the Broncos are optimistic he'll be able to return before season's end.

2. Boise State RB Jay Ajayi leads the conference with 12 rushing touchdowns and is second in yards with 766.

3. BYU QB Taysom Hill has thrown eight touchdown passes in his last three games after recording just one passing TD in his first four outings.

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