Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. BYU Cougars
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the BYU Cougars kick off a full day of college football as they meet in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The Golden Hurricane is -1 point favorites over the Cougars with an over/under point total set at 55.5.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane lost four games this season and to their credit all came to teams that were ranked in the top ten when they played them. Bill Blankenship’s team lost to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Boise State, and Houston and no matter what conference you play in there isn’t any shame in losing to those teams. G.J. Kinne completed 64.1 percent of his passes with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Ja’Teriam Douglas is averaging 8.2 yards per carry for 894 yards and four touchdowns and Try Watts averaged 5.7 yards per carry for 843 yards and four touchdowns. Willie Carter has 61 catches and seven touchdowns, Bryan Burnham has 50 catches and eight touchdowns, and Clay Sears has 35 catches and six touchdowns. Defensively Tulsa has 16 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries, and 24 sacks while allowing 27.6 points and 420.7 yards per game. Curnelius Arnick has 142 tackles, Shawn Jackson has 92 tackles, and Tyrunn Walker has eight sacks. Tulsa has been unable to step it up against the better teams as their losses have been lopsided but they have been a solid team overall once again this year.
The BYU Cougars have completed their first regular season as an Independent and Bronco Mendenhall’s team has won three in a row and eight of their last nine games. The Cougars had a wakeup call when they were stomped by Utah in the Holy War but looking back the 54-10 loss did much more good than bad for this team. Riley Nelson and Jake Heaps both saw action at QB this year with Nelson completing 61.1 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions and Jake Heaps completing 57.1 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. JJ Di Luigi had 546 yards rushing and three touchdowns and Michael Alisa had 455 yards and three scores. Cody Hoffman had 53 catches and seven touchdowns, Ross Apo has 34 catches and nine touchdowns, and JD Falslev has 29 catches. Defensively BYU has 13 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries, and 21 sacks and they allow 20.3 points and 316.3 yards per game. Brandon Ogletree has 67 tackles, Kyle Van Noy has 58 tackles and five sacks, and Daniel Sorenson and Uona Kaveinga each have 52 tackles. BYU will try and use their big and physical players to move the ball over the smaller Tulsa team.
Tulsa is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, 4-1 against the spread in their last five bowl games, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. BYU is 6-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 5-0 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four games as a favorite.
The total in this one started out at 58 and has been dropping from there but personally I don’t see it as BYU scored in the 40’s their last three games and Tulsa regularly scored 38 or more this season