Once upon a time BYU featured the most prolific passing attack in the country. Simultaneously they were among the most successful programs as well. Owing to their high-octane offense was the 1984 national championship. But times have completely changed for the once high-flying Cougars. In fact, they are coming off their worst season since 1970. Contrarily Arizona is on the rise with the college football betting odds. Rich Rodriguez may have been fired as coach last winter. However, he leaves new coach Kevin Sumlin a fully stocked cupboard on offense. Quarterback Khalil Tate has emerged as a national star. Regardless of where you are, you can use our Mobile Betting option to bet on this exciting game.
BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats
Date and Time: Saturday, September 1, 2018, 10:45 p.m. ET
Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
College Football Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|BYU||+12 (-110)||60½ (-110)|
|Arizona U||-12 (-110)||60½ (-110)|
BYU vs. Arizona TV Coverage: ESPN
Admittedly Kevin Sumlin had an underwhelming end to his career at Texas A&M. On the whole he did not embarrass himself at College Station. In fact, his great start there may have undermined him. Sumlin rode Johnny Manziel to major success in his first year. Following that magic initial season things leveled off. The end result was a firing after last year’s 7-5 record. However, look what has fallen into Sumlin’s lap. Tate leads an Arizona offense that could be among the highest scoring nationally.
Naturally the Arizona hype with the college football betting odds revolves around Tate. Consider his 1411 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last year. Supplementing that was his 9.2 yards per carry. Furthermore, Tate threw for a 62% completion rate with 14 touchdowns. As a result of last season’s breakout performance Tate is a candidate for several major awards. To summarize Tate could win the Johnny Unitas and Manning Awards for quarterbacking excellence. Not to mention the Heisman Trophy itself.
Names to Consider
In contrast to Rodriguez, Sumlin may help Tate in that he will have a more balanced offense. Counter to that was Rodriguez’s heavy emphasis on the quarterback alone. More emphatically Tate has a strong supporting cast to lean on for 2018.
Despite their recent problems BYU has been a reliable value as a road dog. To demonstrate they are 14-6 vs. the line in that role. And seven of their last nine as a road dog went over the total. Balanced against that is Arizona’s poor marks as a home favorite. To differentiate the Wildcats have paid in just five of their last 16 as home chalks. Nine of their last 11 in that situation went over the total.
Team vs. Team
To summarize BYU has had the better of this head to head sportsbook Series. To be exact the Cougars have covered three of their last four meetings with Arizona. All four meetings went under the total. Further, BYU got the money in two of their last three visits to Arizona.
Matchup to Watch
BYU has had several sluggish seasons of late. Yet they have brought solid college football betting odds value as a road dog. While they may not win straight up they are getting enough points to rate consideration. Besides that, the Cougars have a respectable defense. Following this is Arizona’s poor betting marks as a home chalk.
BYU vs. Arizona College Football Betting Odds Picks
To conclude BYU is a proven road dog value, even in the worst of times.
BYU vs. Arizona Pick: BYU
BYU vs. Arizona Score Prediction: Arizona 31, BYU 21