At the onset of the 2019 season, Utah is a top choice to win the Pac 12 South Division. Defense is the betting on college football key to the Utes success. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham believes the unit has at least three NFL players. Following an ugly loss to Washington in the Pac 12 title game last year Utah is motivated for a second shot. BYU is finally showing resurgence under fourth-year coach Kalani Sitake. Wins over Wisconsin and in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl have fans anticipating more for 2019. Offensive production remains a concern for both teams.
Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars
|Date and Time:||Thursday, August 29, 2019, 10:15 P.M. ET|
|Location:||LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah|
|Utah vs, BYU TV Coverage:||ESPN|
Last season Utah finished with betting on college football record of 9-5 straight up and 7-7 vs. the odds. Over the total hit in eight of their games. Of great concern is an offense that must improve from its ranking of 72nd overall. A defense ranked 14th in the country powered Utah to the South Division title. Kyle Whittingham returns for his 15th season as coach. Overall his record is 120-61 with a mark of 11-2 in bowls. Whittingham has led Utah to the Pac 12 South Division title twice.
BYU posted a 2018 sportsbook record of 7-6 straight up and 9-4 against the spread. Accordingly, just four of their games went over the total. Similarly, the Cougars defense ranked 18th in the nation. Offsetting that was an offense that ranked a dismal 101st in the land. Sitake has led BYU to bowls in two of his first three seasons. Most important of all Sitake has improved the Cougars toughness.
Sitake and offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes turned the unit over to freshman Zach Wilson last season. Immediately Wilson proved to be an upgrade with a 139.2 quarterback rating. He posted an 8/3 touchdown to interception ratio with 7.7 yards per attempt. Receiver Gunner Romney averaged 12.5 yards per catch in 2018. Further, top back Lopini Katoa averaged 5.6 yards per carry with eight touchdowns. The offensive line is veteran deep and a strength.
Definitely back from injury is quarterback Tyler Huntley. Huntley posted a 140.1 rating with a 12/6 touchdown to interception ratio in 2018. Powering the offense will be Zack Moss. To illuminate Moss ran for 1092 yards, 6.1 yards per carry and 11 touchdowns last year. Reliable Britain Covey caught 60 passes in 2018.
Matchup to Watch
In this situation, we have a matchup of similar betting on college football
Styles and teams. However, Utah is the proven play in this head to head series.
Utah vs. BYU Betting on College Football Betting Trends
The BYU Cougars are:
6-4 ATS as home dogs
10-3 under the total as home dogs
0-1 SU and ATS as home dogs vs. Utah
The Utah Utes are:
2-4 ATS as road favorites
5-3 under the total as road favorites
3-0 straight up in their last three games at BYU
9-2 ATS at BYU
8-2 under the total at BYU
Betting on College Football Pick: Utah Utes
Betting on College Football Score Prediction: Utah 23, BYU 13
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