Colorado St.-BYU Odds
Those high hopes took a major hit with a rare home loss last week.
Although a BCS bowl seems unlikely, the team still has its sights set on winning the Mountain West Conference.
The 19th-ranked Cougars look to bounce back Saturday when they open conference play against Colorado State, off to its best start in 15 years.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made BYU -14.5 point spread favorites (View College Football odds) for Saturday’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 77% of bets for this game have been placed on BYU -14.5 (View College Football bet percentages).
The hype surrounding the BYU program following a 14-13 upset of then-No. 3
"I've tried not to acknowledge what was at stake, but it's hard not to with all the attention," coach Bronco Mendenhall said.
BYU (2-1) had chances to keep up with the Seminoles but coughed up the ball at crucial moments, committing five turnovers.
The defense wasn't any better, allowing the Seminoles to convert 12 of 15 third-down attempts and score on all eight trips in the red zone.
A combination of the turnovers and inability to get
While little went right for the Cougars last weekend, they're determined not to dwell on it.
"I know this team. I know these guys. We're going to push through this," running back Harvey Unga said. "We've got a long road ahead of us."
The road to the program's second conference title in three years begins against
BYU, which has won 12 consecutive conference games at LaVell Edwards Stadium, has won five straight over the Rams, including a wild 45-42 victory at
Hall finished with 389 yards and five touchdowns. He's completed 50 of 65 passes for 744 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception in two career games against the Rams.
The senior quarterback, a Davey O'Brien Award candidate last season, has thrown for over 300 yards in seven of eight games but had a shaky performance against the Seminoles, tossing three interceptions.
While Hall struggled, the Cougars got an encouraging outing from Unga.
After missing the
He hopes to build on that performance against a
Senior Grant Stucker had another solid game, passing for 165 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 43 yards and a score.
"I do feel like he is getting better and better and making fewer mistakes," Fairchild said. "I like what he has done so far. Is he ready for the BYU game? I hope so."
Posted: 9/22/09 8:12PM ET