Cougars open as underdog vs Utes

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Sep 15, 10:00 PM | Turf of Rice-Eccles Stadium

BYU Cougars vs Utah Utes Odds

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It's the latest edition of the Holy War as BYU and Utah get it on Saturday night in Salt Lake City (10 pm Eastern, ESPN2). The Cougars, 2-0 after a 45-13 win over Weber State, are four-point favorites over the 1-1 Utes, who just got upset in overtime by Utah State Friday night.

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Betting Line: The visitors opened as 3.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as yet, check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Utes sit at No. 22 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Cougars are at No. 8 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Cougars will win this game 51-40.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Utah's No. 64-ranked offense, averaging 30.5 PPG, against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 10 this week at 9.5 PPG. The Utes aerial game is averaging 225 yards per game, more than the Cougars secondary allows through the air, 184 YPG per game.

BYU was a 45-13 winner in its last match at home against Weber State. The game involved a non-board team, hence there was no line or total on it. BYU won its last game, 45-13 over Weber State on Saturday, behind a 115-yard receiving performance from Cody Hoffman at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

In their last action, Utah was a 27-20 loser on the road against Utah State. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (47) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last game, the Utes were Week 2 losers coming out on the wrong end of 27-20 score against Utah State.

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the conference are 9-1

Utah Utes Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few Cougars at Utes trends to consider:
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of BYU's last 7 games when playing on the road against Utah
BYU is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Utah
BYU is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Utah
Utah is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against BYU
Utah is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games when playing at home against BYU

Next up:
BYU at Boise State, Saturday, September 22
Utah at Arizona State, Saturday, September 22