Wildcats favored over No. 16 BYU in Las Vegas Bowl

December 16, 2008

The NCAA Football bowl schedule officially kicks off Saturday with four games, including the No. 16 BYU Cougars facing the favored Arizona Wildcats in the Las Vegas Bowl, the only matchup involving a Top 25-ranked team.

Arizona is a 3-point favorite with -105 juice at Sportsbooks. The Wildcats are a -145 moneyline favorite at Sportsbooks, and the over/under total is 61.5.

The game is being played at Sam Boyd Stadium (8 pm ET, ESPN).

The teams have split their past two meetings, while BYU has covered the spread in both games. They last squared off on Sept. 1, 2007, when the Cougars won 20-7 as 3.5-point home favorites.

In their final game of the season, BYU (10-2 SU, 3-8 ATS) was beaten 48-24 by Utah as 7-point underdogs. The score went well over the total of 55.

Arizona (7-5 SU and ATS) beat Arizona State 31-10 in their regular-season finale. Arizona covered the 10.5-point spread and the score fell under the total of 49.

On the injury front, BYU tight end Dennis Pitta (MCL) is listed as probable for Saturday.

BYU is 20-2 SU in its past 22 games, but 1 -7 ATS in its past eight. The total has gone over in four of BYU’s past five. Arizona is 11-5 ATS in its past 16.

BYU is a 3-point underdog, with -115 juice, and a +125 moneyline dog at Sportsbooks.

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