Arizona vs. BYU Pick
Will the BYU Cougars roll tonight when they take on the Arizona Wildcats at University of Phoenix Stadium at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cougars are 2.5-point favorites versus the Wildcats while the over/under currently sits at 61 points. Both the side and total has moved off the original numbers posted by oddsmakers, as the point spread opened as a pick'em before moving to BYU -2.5 and the over/under going from 62 down to 61.
In their 13 games in 2015, the Wildcats finished with a 6-7 record against the spread, winning by an average margin of just 1.1 points per game. As an underdog, Arizona was just 2-4 against the spread last season and lost by an average margin of 22.2 points per contest in those situations. In non-conference games, Arizona was also 2-2 at the betting window.
BYU was much better than Arizona at the betting window last season, covering in eight of its 13 games on the year. The Cougars were favored in eight of those games and covered in five of them, winning by an average margin of 20.5 points per game. (See why we think this game will go over the number tonight.)
OUR PICK: The Cougars have two capable quarterbacks in Taysom Hill and Tanner Mangum, plus exciting skill position players in Nick Kurtz, Jamaal Williams, Moroni Laulul-Pututau and Squally Canada. If BYU can contain Anu Solomon, Nick Wilson and receivers Trey Griffey and Nate Phillips in the second have, then the Cougars should pull away in the fourth quarter and give backers a cover.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 1 PICK: BYU COUGARS -2.5