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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.

NCAA Football bettors back BYU in ‘pick’em’

October 15, 2008

The unbeaten Brigham Young Cougars visit rival Texas Christian Horned Frogs on Thursday (8 pm ET, ESPN), in a Mountain West Conference matchup that most sportsbooks have as a pick’em.

But that hasn’t stopped NCAA Football bettors from backing BYU, which is getting nearly 72 per cent of wagers placed on the game at Sportsbooks.

BYU opened as 1½-point favorites but the spread has shrunk to 0 at Sportsbooks. The over/under total is 45½.

BYU is undefeated at 6-0 SU and TCU is 6-1. Both teams are undefeated in the Mountain West Conference, with BYU 2-0 SU and TCU 3-0 SU.

The Cougars are 4-1 and 3-2 ATS in the past five meetings, including a 27-22 win when the teams last squared off on Nov. 8 last season. BYU fell short of covering the 7-point home spread but the score made it over the total of 46½.

Last week, BYU quarterback Max Hall completed 22 of 34 passes for 258 yards and three TDs as BYU ran over New Mexico 21-3. BYU failed to cover the 23.5-point spread, and the 24 points went well below the total of 48.

Hall has tossed 20 touchdowns with just four interceptions this season. In last year’s matchup with TCU, Hall threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown.

TCU beat Colorado State 13-7 in Week 7. Texas Christian couldn’t cover as 13-point road favorites and the score went under the 49.5-point total.

On the injury front, Cougars WR Spencer Hafoka (foot) is listed as questionable.

NCAA Football Betting: Public jumping on BYU’s big spread

September 30, 2008

The undefeated BYU Cougars visit the unranked Utah State Aggies in College Football action on Friday.

No. 8 BYU is a 28½-point favorite at, and despite the huge spread, Public Betting information indicates nearly 72 per cent of bettors are backing the Cougars.

But that shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the Cougars are a perfect 7-0 SU against Utah over the past seven meetings. Two seasons ago, BYU blanked Utah 38-0 as a 15-point home favorite.

BYU quarterback QB Max Hall continued his winning ways, throwing three touchdowns as the Cougars shut out Wyoming 44-0 in Week 4. The Cougars (4-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) covered the 29-point spread and the score went under the total of 52.

Utah State (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) put up 35 points in the second half in Week 4 en route to an easy 42-17 win over Idaho. The Aggies had no trouble covering the 5-point spread and the score went over the total of 58.5.

BYU is 5-0 SU in its past five both overall and on the road. The total has gone over in four of BYU’s past six on the road. Utah State is 4-2 ATS in its past six but 2-7 ATS in its past nine at home.

BYU has no significant injuries, while Utah will be without fullback Jacob Actkinson, who’s out for the season with a shoulder injury.

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