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Boise State vs. BYU Football Point Spread Pick from Cappers Club: October 6th 2017

Boise State Broncos vs. BYU Cougars
Point Spread Pick: BYU +8.5 (October 6th 2017)

This play just missed out on our premium card. The Boise State Broncos and the BYU Cougars face off on Friday night, and the Cougars at this line have some value.

In years past people would think you were crazy to bet  against the Broncos, but this isn’t the same Boise State team as in years past.

The offense isn’t as crisp and the defense has really struggled and that has led to a 2-2 record. They are coming into this game off a really disappointing loss to the University of Virginia. They were only 13.5 point underdogs but ended up losing by 19 points.

On the other side of this match up is the Cougars who’s main problem this year has been on the offensive side of the ball.

Against the Broncos though they should be able to get the offense clicking early and at least have some success through the air.

Some trends to note.  BSU are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Back the Cougars

BYU vs. Wyoming Poinsettia Bowl Game Point Spread Pick from Jack Jones: December 21st 2016

BYU Cougars vs. Wyoming Cowboys
Poinsettia Bowl Game Pick: BYU -10.5 points (December 21st 2016)

There is really a massive gap in talent here as the BYU Cougars should be better than the Wyoming Cowboys at almost every position in this game. That’s why I’m willing to lay 10.5 points here. And the Cougars won eight games this season against a ridiculously tough schedule.

Indeed, the Cougars had to play the likes of Arizona, Utah, UCLA, West Virginia, Michigan State, Toledo, Mississippi State, Boise State and Cincinnati in their first nine games to open the season. Amazingly, the Cougars were oh so close to being a 12-0 team as their four losses came by a combined eight points. They came to Utah (by 1), UCLA (by 3), WVU (by 3) and Boise State (by 1).

I have to give credit to Wyoming because it did have a great turnaround season, but I’m pretty sure that BYU will now be the best team that the Cowboys have faced this season. This is a Wyoming team that lost to Nebraska by 35 and New Mexico by 21. They also had bad losses to both Eastern Michigan and UNLV this season.

I realize that BYU will have to go with its backup quarterback here after Taysom Hill went down in the last game with a season-ending injury for the fourth time in five years. Fortunately, the Cougars have one of the most experienced backups in the country in sophomore Tanner Mangum.

Mangum completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 3,377 yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a freshman while replacing Hill last year. Mangum also saw action in the team’s final three games of the season, completing 14-of-18 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, so he comes in with plenty of experience.


This game will come down to which team stops the run better. Wyoming’s Brian Hill rushed for 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. But BYU has a rush defense that ranks 8th in the country, allowing just 108.4 yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry. The Cougars also only allow 19.4 points per game and 364 total yards per game.

BYU senior Jamaal Williams rushed for 1,165 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing three of the last five games with an ankle injury. Now he’s in line for a huge game against a Wyoming defense that gives up 34.8 points per game, 464 yards per game and 6.6 yards per play. The Cowboys also give up 203 rushing yards per game and 5.3 per carry. Look for the Cougars to score at will in this one.

BYU is 6-0 ATS in non-conference road games this season. The Cougars are 8-0 ATS in their last eight road games after allowing 125 or fewer rushing yards in four straight games. BYU is 4-0 ATS in its last four vs. MWC opponents. The Cougars have gone 7-0 SU & 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. The Cowboys are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.  Bet BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl.

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Arizona vs. BYU Football Over-Under & Point Spread Betting Pick: September 3rd 2016

ARIZONA VS. BYU BETTING POINT SPREAD PICKArizona Wildcats vs. BYU Cougars – 10:30pm ET September 3rd 2016

Point Spread: The BYU Cougars are a 1.5 point favorite over the Arizona Wildcats. The over/under for this games is set at 63 total points.

Public Perception: As of 7pm ET, 58% of the wagering public is betting that BYU will cover the point spread over Arizona. 63% believe this game will go over the posted betting total of 63.

Recent Meetings: The last time these two teams met was in 2008. Arizona was a 3 point chalk in that game and the games over/under was 62 points. Final Score: Arizona 31 BYU 21.

Betting Trends: BYU is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Pac-12. BYU is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. BYU is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. Arizona is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in September. Arizona is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.

Click here for Dave Price’s point spread pick for the BYU vs. Arizona football game.

The over is 5-0 in Arizona’s last 5 games in September. The over is 5-0 in Arizona’s last 5 non-conference games. The over is 4-1 in Arizona’s last 5 neutral site games. The over is 11-3 in Arizona’s last 14 games overall.

Betting Pick: BYU Cougars -1.5
Over-Under Pick: Over 63 points

BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Football Point Spread Pick: September 3rd 2016

Point Spread Pick: Arizona +2.5 points (September 3rd 2016)

The Arizona Wildcats are bounce-back candidates this season. They won the Pac-12 South in 2014 and finished 10-4, but fell to just 7-6 last year. Now Rich Rodriquez has one of his best teams yet with 15 starters and 53 lettermen returning. There’s no way the Wildcats should be underdogs to the BYU Cougars today, especially since this really isn’t a neutral field as it’s played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. BYU is going through a coaching change this season and it will be an adjustment with the loss of Bronco Mendenhall. The Cougars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. The Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Pac-12 opponents. Take Arizona.

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Las Vegas Bowl Point Spread: Utes a 2.5 point favorite over the Cougars on December 19th 2015

LAS VEGAS BOWL POINT SPREAD 2015Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl – BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes – 3:30pm ET December 19th 2015
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Point Spread: The Utah Utes are a 2.5 point favorite over the BYU Cougars and the over/under for the Las Vegas Bowl is set at 51 points.

Records: BYU is 9-3 SU and 8-4 ATS this season with an over/under record of 6-6. Utah is also 9-3 SU this year but have an ATS record of 5-7. The Utes over/under record for the season is 6-6 as well.

Public Perception: As of 1pm ET on December 18th, 73% of the wagering public is betting that the Utes will cover the point spread over the Cougars.

Recent Meetings: Below are the last 5 meeting between these two teams.
2013: Utah 20 BYU 13 (BYU -7 O/U 60.5)
2012: Utah 24 BYU 21 (BYU -3.5 O/U 44.5)
2011: Utah 54 BYU 10 (BYU -4 O/U 46)
2010: Utah 17 BYU 16 (Utah -7.5 O/U 51.5)
2009: BYU 26 Utah 23 (BYU -7.5 O/U 55.5)

Notable Betting Trends: BYU is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Utah. The over is 4-1 the last 5 times these two teams have played eachother. Utah is 8-2 in their last 10 bowl games.

Side Bowl ATS Pick: Utah Utes -2.5
Over-Under Bowl Pick: Over 51 points.

BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes Bowl Game Point Spread Pick from Teddy Covers: December 19th 2015


BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes
Bowl Game Point Spread Pick: BYU +2.5 (December 19th 2015)

BYU opened the season with three consecutive games that were decided in the final seconds, notching wins over Nebraska and Boise, followed by a one point loss at UCLA. But since a late September no-show loss at Michigan, the Cougars have gone 7-1.

BYU’s lone loss during that span came at Missouri in the week that Tigers coach Gary Pinkel announced he was retiring due to cancer while his team came together in protest over a racial incident on campus. In other words, it was a VERY tough spot for BYU.

Cougs frosh QB Tanner Magnum put up far superior numbers to Travis Wilson this year, and the Cougars are as big and physical in the trenches as it gets in college football. Their receiving corps is loaded, their defense solid. Given the intangibles favoring the Cougs, looking to send Mendenhall off win a huge win against their rivals, I have no hesitation recommending a play on BYU plus the points here.

Utah has been drawing significant support in recent bowl games, in large part due to Kyle Whiitingham’s impressive track record: 7-1 SU, 6-2 ATS in his eight bowls with the Utes. They blew out Colorado State 45-10 last year. And bettors certainly haven’t forgotten outright bowl upsets against the likes of Alabama, Cal, and Georgia Tech (twice) in the Whiitingham era.

The Utes have also enjoyed great success in recent seasons against their in-state rival. The Utes have won each of the last four meetings since 2010 – three tight victories by a touchdown or less, and a 54-10 wipeout in Provo back in 2011. The two teams didn’t meet in the regular season this year, making this matchup a highly anticipated revenge meeting for the slight underdog.

That being said, BYU has two key elements working in their favor when it comes to the likelihood of bringing their ‘A’ game. First, while Utah is excited to play BYU, the Utes got screwed in the bowl pecking order; jumped by lesser teams to create more attractive matchups. They were right here in Vegas last year – in fact, three of their last four bowl appearances have come right here in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Multiple players were quoted saying that they wished they would have gone somewhere else. And the one previous time they weren’t particularly excited to make the trip to Vegas was the Utes lone SU bowl loss of the Whittingham era, a 26-3 wipeout by Boise.

And secondly, it’s very meaningful that BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff stuck around to coach this game, despite their impending move to Virginia immediately following the contest. It’s not just Mendenhall either. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae, QB coach Jason Beck, RB coach Mark Atuaia, OL coach Garrett Tujague, defensive coordinator Nick Howell and LB/special teams coach Kelly Popinga, are all moving to Virginia as well, but they’re all sticking around with Mendenhall to coach one last game for BYU, ensuring continuity on both sides of the football here.

Yes, all of this stuff is peripheral to the matchups on the field. But the matchups on the field provide a nearly dead even handicap, with no clear edges for either side. Utah started the season 6-0, including impressive wins against the likes of Michigan, Oregon, Cal and Arizona State in the process. But the Utes cooled off considerably down the stretch, suffering losses to USC, Arizona and UCLA while failing to cover the spread in tighter than expected wins against PAC-12 bottom feeder Oregon State and Colorado. The only really good game Utah played after the midway point of the season came at Washington, and the Utes were outgained in that contest, winning by margin only due to four Huskies turnovers.

That being said, creating turnovers was something the Utes did very well this season. Their defense picked off 19 passes, the second highest total in the country for a Power 5 conference school. And the Utes created at least two takeaways in nine of their twelve games. But the Utes offense isn’t loaded by any stretch of the imagination, especially with leading rusher, senior RB Devontae Booker out for the year following a stretch of seven 100+ yard rushing games in a nine week span. The Utes went 0-2 ATS after Booker got hurt…. Take BYU.