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BYU entered the season with expectations that quarterback Taysom Hill would come back from injury and lead the team on an unexpected charge into a meaningful bowl game. Instead, the Cougars have opened the season 1-3 SU with Hill looking completely out of his element.

Despite this, BYU games have been exciting for fans to watch and thrilling for bettors who have backed the team – though I would assume you probably have a son playing on the team if you’ve done that. None of BYU’s first four games of the season have been settled by more than three points, which is why the team is a perfect 4-0 ATS so far.

Can BYU keep up this trend?

If their defense can continue the way they have played so far this season, then BYU could become a consistently good bet. In three of their four games this season, the Cougars have held their opponents under their season average in scoring.

Points Allowed By BYU This Season
Team Points Allowed Avg. Points Per Game Difference
Arizona 16 31.0 -15
Utah 20 27.3 -7.3
UCLA 17 24.0 -7
West Virginia 33 35 -2

However, BYU is playing a bend-don’t-break style of defense. They are holding opponents to 22.0 points per game, which is the 41st-best in the nation, but they are 68th in yards allowed this season. The Cougars are struggling to create pressure – with just six sacks on the year – but are cashing in on opponents making mistakes, as they have generated 11 turnovers so far.

They should not be expecting these types of opportunities when they face Toledo this week. The Rockets are a pass-first offense with a smart quarterback – Logan Woodside – at the helm. Woodside has given up just one interception against 11 touchdowns so far this season.

The Cougars are also giving up the most points they have this season, as they opened as 4.5-point favorites against Toledo.

Can BYU continue its trend of covering? Yes. But the Cougars may be facing their toughest task of the season on Friday.