Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars College Football Betting Picks
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The 2019 college football betting season is right around the corner. Fans looking for an early season matchup to wager on can check out the upcoming Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars pairing. Both teams are coming off moderately successful seasons but will be looking to ramp things up this time around. So which side are the college football odds pegging as the favorite here?
Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars – Thursday, August 29th
The Utes are coming off a 9-5 season that saw them post a 6-3 record in Pac-12 conference play. This led to a 1st place ranking in the South Division and subsequent invitation to the Pac-12 championship game. There they faced off against No. 10 Washington in a hard fought but losing 3-10 effort. Now Utah looks to mount another push to the conference championship game. Head coach Kyle Whittingham will return in his 15th season with the program. He is joined by offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley. Last season this group was able to garner an invitation to the Holiday Bowl where they faced Northwestern. Albeit, they came out on the losing end of things 20-31.
Players to Watch: Tyler Huntley (1,788 passing yards, 12 TD, 6 INT), Zack Moss (1,096 rushing yards, 11 TD, 6.1 AVG), and Britain Covey (637 receiving yards, 1 TD, 60 REC).
The Cougars turned in a 7-6 record last season that saw them finish as the 3rd best Independent program in the nation. They were beat out by Army and Notre Dame, both of whom finished nationally ranked. Although they closed out the regular season with a loss to No. 18 Utah, BYU still received an invitation to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. There they faced Western Michigan in a 49-18 blowout win. Kalani Sitake will return in 2019, marking his 4th season with the program. He is joined by second year offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes and 4th year defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki.
Players to Watch: Zach Wilson (1,578 passing yards, 12 TD, 3 INT), Lopini Katoa (423 rushing yards, 8 TD, 5.6 AVG), and Matt Bushman (511 receiving yards, 2 TD, 29 REC).
Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars Betting Numbers
Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars Betting Picks
So which side should legal betting fans take in this Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars matchup? All in all, this one is a bit of a tossup. However, it’s looking like taking the Utes is the better option. After all, Utah was able to best BYU last November 35-27.Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Moneyline: Utah is favored by the money line but there’s still plenty of value to be had in backing them here.
ATS: The spread isn’t all that high and offers slightly better vig for fans backing Utah. If you like BYU, might as well take the moneyline.
TOTALs: Considering how they’re last match turned out, the OVER is a great choice.
Score Prediction: 36-30 Utah.