BYU vs. Utah State Prediction
Will BYU be able to hold off in-state foe, Utah State, at home when these two teams collide tonight at 9PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, October 5, 2018
9PM ET – LaVell Edwards Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, BYU is the slight favorite at home, as the Cougars are getting odds of -2 points against Utah State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 55 points. The public betting for this game currently has 51 percent going on Utah State on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
BYU beat up by Washington
BYU is coming off a surprising 35-7 loss at Washington last week to fall to 3-2 on the season. Both losses have come against Pac-12 opponents. BYU is 3-2 against the spread as well while hitting the under in all five games. Their covers have been in their wins.
The Cougars are stronger on defense than on offense. They are giving up just 20.6 points and 355.4 yards per game. Offensively, BYU is putting up 21.4 points and 295 yards per game. Running back Squally Canada has run for 335 yards and five touchdowns this year, but he has an unspecified injury that has him questionable for this game. Quarterback Tanner Mangum has thrown for 773 yards and three touchdowns, but also has two interceptions.
Aggies on a roll
Utah State has won three straight games since a loss at Michigan State to open the season. All three wins have been by double digits. The Aggies are 4-0 against the spread while hitting the over in all four games.
Utah State has had a very strong offense this year, putting up 51.5 points and 475 yards per game. They are being led by quarterback Jordan Love, who has thrown for 1,070 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions. Gerold Bright and Darwin Thompson have combined for 553 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. Defensively, Utah State is giving up 23.8 points and 357.5 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing 187.3 yards per game.
College Football Betting Trends
The Cougars have covered the spread in four straight against Mountain West opponents and in four straight following a loss.
The Aggies are 17-6-1 against the spread in their last 24 Friday games, but just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games in October.
BYU is a physical football team, but it has matched up the best with other physical football teams. The Cougars have struggled with speed and teams that can be dangerous on the ground. Utah State fits that criteria. The Aggies have a lot of speed and are averaging nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. They already went on the road and gave Michigan State all it could handle. I think the Aggies get the upset tonight.
College Football Prediction: Utah State +2