The ‘Holy War’ continues tonight as Utah takes on in-state rival BYU at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. This evening’s showdown between the Utes and Cougars is scheduled to get underway at 10:15pm ET on ESPN2. The latest College Football Odds from offshore bookmaker Sportsbook.ag like Bronco Mendenhall’s Cougars as a -7 pick against the spread and -260 moneyline selection (risk $260 to win $100). The Over/Under in tonight’s rivalry scrap is presently set at 61 points.
Utah Utes vs BYU Cougars (-7, Over/Under 61): When these two teams met in Salt Lake City last year the Utes pulled off a small upset (lined as a three point home dog), defeating BYU 24-21. The Cougars did more to hurt themselves in the setback, though, as they were -2 in turnover margin and committed 12 penalties for 75 yards. The game’s biggest play came late in the third quarter when Mo Lee returned a botched BYU snap 47 yards for a touchdown to give Utah a 17-7 lead. Both teams enter tonight’s game with one loss, but they each have an impressive victory as well. The Utes knocked off a tough Utah State team, led by quarterback Chuckie Keeton, 30-26 to open their season while the Cougars bounced back from a week one loss to Virginia with a resounding 40-21 thrashing of then No. 15 Texas in Provo. BYU produced 679 total yards in the win as sophomore quarterback Taysom Hill rushed for an astonishing 259 yards and three touchdowns in just 17 carries.
Utah has won the last three in this series and it is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between the two schools; however, despite that run, the Cougars are the chalk in tonight’s contest. Location plays no small part in the current line with BYU posting a 38-5 record at home since 2006. The Cougars have been a solid play as a home favorite as well in recent seasons, tallying a 10-7 against the spread mark in their last 17 games laying points at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Power Ratings Projection: BYU by 10.9 points.
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Utah vs BYU Pick Against the Spread: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
Utah Utes +7 (-115), Over 61 (-110), +220 (Moneyline)
BYU Cougars -7 (-105), Under 61 (-110), -260 (Moneyline)