College Football Betting Odds for LSU’s 2017’s OpenerPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The college football betting season is in full swing, leaving sportsbook fans searching for the perfect matchup to wager. NCAA betting fans need look no further than this Saturday’s pairing between the BYU Cougars and the LSU Tigers. Let’s take a look at what NCAA betting sites have to say about this matchup.
BYU Cougars vs. LSU Tigers – Saturday, September 2nd
When: 9:30 pm ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Betting Odds:
BYU Cougars +16 (-110) 46½ (-110) +550
LSU Tigers -16 (-110) 46½ (-110) -800
The Cougars finished the 2016 season with a 9-4 record: the second year in a tow that BYU delivered a 9-4 finish. Out of the 4 FBS programs that are independent, the Cougars put forth the best record. At the end of the season, the Cougars had performed well enough to merit an invitation to the Poinsettia Bowl, where they faced and defeated Wyoming 24-21.
Kalani Sitake returns in his second season as head coach, giving the nation a taste of Hawaii’s football prowess. Ty Detmer returns as offensive coordinator and Ilaisa Tuiaki returns as defensive coordinator. Both Detmer and Tuiaki are in their second season with the program.
This Saturday’s contest will actually be the second time this college football betting season that the Cougars have stepped onto the gridiron. The Cougars faced the Portland State Vikings this past Saturday to kick off this year’s season.
The Cougars outclassed the Vikings from the opening kickoff. Once it was all said and done, the scoreboard read 20-6 in BYU’s favor. BYU looked great on both sides off the ball; allowing only 220 yards on defense and gaining 365 on offense.
Nevertheless, the Cougars face a much tougher task this upcoming Saturday. It would not be fair to compare an unranked team that few could recognize against the No. 13 team in the nation.
The Tigers turned in an 8-4 record for the 2016 season (5-3 in SEC play) which allowed the program to finish 3rd in the West Division. Despite the lackluster finish in the conference, the Tigers still received an invitation to the Citrus Bowl where they faced No. 15 Louisville. Once there, the Tigers delivered a masterful 29-9 performance. The Tigers finished the year with a No. 13 nationwide ranking.
LSU opened up the 2016 season by posting a 2-2 record in their first four games of the season. The program felt that this was unacceptable for the considerable amount of talent the team was wielding. Ed Orgeron, the Tigers’ former defensive line coach, took over as interim head coach and enters this upcoming season as LSU’s new head coach. Orgeron decided to bring in a new offensive coordinator, Matt Canada, to help spark the Tigers’ offense in 2017. Dave Aranda returns in his 2nd season with LSU, reprising his role as defensive coordinator.