The 2008 Cougars could be just as good according to NCAA football betting experts. NCAA football betting numbers show that the Cougars went 4-8 in terms of over/unders versus the bet NCAA football numbers. The Cougars have quarterback Max Hall returning and he is one of the best in the nation. They also return 9 starters to the league’s best defense according to NCAA college football betting stats. The defense does lose three excellent linebackers and replacing those three could take the defense down a notch. Although the BYU defense was good, they could suffer with the linebacking losses.
BYU really had a great season in 2007 but most NCAA football betting experts don’t expect the Cougars to drop off much in 2008. The Cougars won 10 straight games and were one of the nation’s best teams by year’s end according to NCAA football betting experts. BYU has now won 16 straight games in the conference and they are always a threat versus the bet NCAA football number. The Cougars should again thrive on offense according to bet NCAA football experts with Hall and running back Harvey Unga. It was Unga that had over 1,000 yards in his first season according to NCAA football betting stats. He was also third on the team with 44 receptions for 655 yards according to NCAA football betting stats.
The only real disappointment for BYU was the loss to Tulsa in which they gave up 55 points. That loss probably cost the Cougars a BCS bowl game.
Nothing short of a Mountain West title and a major bowl game will be accepted for the Cougars this season. Looking at last year’s numbers according to NCAA football betting stats, the one area that BYU could improve in is points scored. They were 22nd in total yards according to NCAA football betting numbers but they were only 49th in points scored in the nation. The defense was very good ranking 11th in total yards allowed and 10th in points allowed in the country according to NCAA football betting stats.