BYU at Utah Pick and Preview
- Updated: November 22, 2008
College Football Betting Preview
BYU (10-1) at Utah (11-0)
Saturday, 6:00 pm Eastern
SBG Global Opening Line: Utah – 6.5, Total 54
One of the biggest games in the history of a great rivalry takes place on Saturday as unbeaten and 8th ranked Utah hosts once beaten BYU who is ranked 16th. While BYU can earn a share of the Mountain West title with a win, Utah can make it to a BCS bowl game with a victory. The Cougars and Utes have met 89 times in a storied rivalry. SBG Global reports that early College Football betting has the public taking Utah at Home.
Utah has not defeated BYU since 2005 but they come into this year’s game with the better record. “It’s big, you know, because so much is on the line,” Utah quarterback Brian Johnson said. “We’ve got an opportunity to do something really special and we hope we can take advantage of it.” Technically the Utes won’t clinch a BCS berth with a win but most experts believe they will get one if they defeat BYU. “There is a little more intensity than a regular conference game but you can’t deviate from the formula that you have,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. “… We have to keep things in perspective, play our best football, control what we can control and not worry about the postseason.”
The Utes have a serious challenge facing them on Saturday. BYU has lost only once this season and have the better offense and the better quarterback in this game. Max Hall has the fourth best completion percentage in the country (71.5 percent). His top receiver, Austin Collie leads the country with 1,315 yards.
Ten of the last 11 meetings between Utah and BYU have been decided by a touchdown or less. Here are more College Football betting stats for Saturday’s game. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cougars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings between the two teams.
The Utes are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in November. The Utes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The Utes are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
SBG Global Current Line: Utah – 7, Total 54
The Over is 9-2 in the Utes last 11 games overall. The Over is 4-1 in the Utes last 5 home games. The Over is 5-2 in the Utes last 7 conference games. The Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings at Utah between the two teams.
Pick: BYU 2 out of 5 units
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