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BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats NCAA Football Betting Picks

Posted by: Charlie Smith
BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Team Logos & Betting Preview

We’re reaching the midway point for August, which means that you’ll be making NCAA college football betting predictions before you know it. The year will officially kick off at the end of the month with a handful of contests. After that, sports betting players can reel in a full week of NCAAF action this September. So, to help pass the time, we’re taking a look at the BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats matchup. Let’s check on the odds to see what the bookies are anticipating.

BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats – Saturday, September 1st   

When: 10:45 pm ET

Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

TV: ESPN

Stream: MLS TV

NCAA College Football Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
BYU +12 (-110) 60½ (-110) +350
Arizona -12 (-110) 60½ (-110) -440
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BYU Cougars         

The Cougars are coming off a massively disappointing 4-9 season that saw the program finish the worst out of the 4 independent programs in the nation. In fact, the season was so poor that BYU considered joining a conference in an attempt to get a bone. Of course that’s a joke, but all levities aside the program needs to bring about some serious change in 2018.Kalani Sitake was brought in to turn things around in 2016. And although he had a good debut, turning in 9-4 record, that all went downhill last season. It’s a bit of a stretch to say that he’s on the hot seat. But if he doesn’t deliver a winning season this year, he might just be.

Players to Watch: Tanner Mangum (1,540 passing yards, 8 TD, 9 INT), Squally Canada (710 rushing yards, 6 TD, 5.9 AVG), and Matt Bushman (520 receiving yards, 3 TD, 49 REC).

Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats turned in a 7-6 season last year. This was a pretty big step up from the meager 3-9 record the program had turned in the previous year. Furthermore, Arizona was able to achieve a 3rd place ranking in the South Division of the conference due to their 5-4 Pac-12 record. Although they missed out on the conference championship, Arizona did receive an invite to the Foster Farms Bowl. There they would face Purdue in a 35-38 losing effort. With that loss, the Wildcats closed out the season with a 3-game losing streak. Rich Rodriguez, the Wildcats head coach in 2017, was fired in January of this year. Not because of that 3-game losing streak to close out the season, but rather for some rather embarrassing news. Rodriguez was involved in a lawsuit by a former assistant alleging sexual abuse. He was promptly fired and Kevin Sumlin will step in for the 2018 season.

Players to Watch: Khalil Tate (1,591 passing yards, 14 TD, 9 INT), JJ Taylor (847 rushing yards, 5 TD, 5.8 AVG), and Tony Ellison (598 receiving yards, 5 TD, 37 REC).

BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Predictions

Trends

  • BYU posted a 2-5 SU record on the road last season
  • BYU posted a 3-4 ATS record on the road last season
  • The TOTAL went UNDER in 4 of BYU’s 7 road games last season
  • Arizona posted a 4-2 SU record at home last season
  • Arizona posted a 3-2-1 ATS record at home lasts season
  • The TOTAL went OVER in 3 of Arizona’s 6 home games last season
BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Picks

So which side should players learning how to bet college football games online take in this BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats matchup? All in all, it’s probably better to stick with the Wildcats. The Cougars are a tossup at best and don’t merit any favoritism. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 35-28 Arizona.

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