BYU Cougars vs. Boise St. Broncos
The Boise State Broncos and the BYU Cougars face off on Thursday Night on the Blue Turf in Boise. The Broncos are -7 point favorites over the Cougars with an over/under total set at a 60.
The Boise State Broncos are having a rebuilding year which for most teams means a very good season but the expectations of Chris Peterson’s team have risen drastically over the years. Boise bounced back from their loss at Michigan State in their season opener and a slow start to crush Miami of Ohio on Saturday. For the year Joe Southwick has completed 62.9 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and two interceptions. D.J. harper has taken over the Broncos running game averaging 5.6 yards per carry and he has three touchdowns and Jack Fields has 14 carries and averages 4.0 yards per carry. Matt Miller has nine catches and Kirby Moore has eight as the Broncos rebuild the passing attack. Defensively Boise allows 138.5 yards per game on the ground and 213 yards per game passing with three interceptions and four sacks. Demarcus Lawrence has 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks to lead BSU, Tommy Smith has 14 tackles, and J.C. Percy has 13 tackles. Boise State isn’t small time program any longer and despite the loss of big time talent, they are a program that can reload with the big boys.
The BYU Cougars are coming off of a tough loss in the Holy War at Utah where they made mistakes which handed the game to their opposition. BYU had every chance to win against Utah but instead never took advantage of them. Despite a few big mistakes QB Riley Nelson has played well completing 60percent of his passes for five touchdowns and two interceptions. Michael Alisa is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and Jamaal Williams is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and each has scored a touchdown. Cody Hoffman leads Brigham Young with 18 catches and Kaneakua Friel has 15 catches and four touchdowns. Defensively BYU allows just 53 yards per game on the ground and 188 yards in the air with two interceptions and 13 sacks. Brand Ogletree has 27 tackles already for the Cougars, Spencer Hadley has 18 tackles and 3.5 sacks, and Kyle Van Noy has 4.5 sacks. BYU has a team that can play with anyone but they will need to avoid beating themselves with turnovers and penalties.
Boise State is 4-0 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning road record. BYU is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games against Mountain West Conference teams, 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games overall, and 5-2 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread.
This should be a good one and expect it to be a smash mouth defensive game with not all that many points and for it to come in under the total.