Utah (@1.48) vs BYU (@2.7)

Our Prediction:

Utah will win

Utah – BYU Match Prediction | 21-08-2019

Huntley has a nice collection of receivers at his disposal and settled in nicely during the opener. Utah can always decide to go back to Smith against BYU in the event Huntley struggles on the big stage. Thats a nice luxury to have in a big game. Offensively, the Utes made the surprising move to go with sophomore Tyler Huntley over senior Troy Smith.

The short drives put BYU's defense on the field for a long time, and eventually, a game that was still 14-0 at halftime turned into a runaway win in the second half. They couldn't win on first and second down, and they never had a chance in third-and-long situations against LSU's athletic defense. BYU:A popular assessment of BYU's offense coming out of a 20-6 Week Zero win against Portland State was that the Cougars wanted to keep it simple and get out with a win, but after the shutout loss to LSU, there is some real concern about the state of the offense.

Hes still trying to create a winning culture. Meanwhile, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake is only in his second season at the helm. Whittingham has been at Utah for over a decade and hes led Utah to at least nine wins and a top-25 ranking in each of the last three years. Utah is also a more established program that I trust more in big games when emotions are sure to run high.


The Cougars defeated Portland State 20-6 while losing to LSU, 27-0 last week. BYU is 0-2 against the spread in 2017. The BYU defense hasnt been too bad, as it is allowing just 349.5 yards per game thus far. Tanner Mangum has thrown for 296 yards and a touchdown to lead the team this year while Squally Canada has 106 rushing yards with a score. However, the offense is a mess. BYU is off to a 1-1 start to the season. The Cougars are averaging just 231 yards per game right now and were held to only 97 total yards against LSU, including -5 rushing yards.

The two losses for the Utes took place in 1998 and 2000. Since 1995, Utah has a record of 9-2 against BYU as a favorite. The Utes have won nine straight against BYU as favorites. Now the Utes are looking to win their ninth consecutive game over the Cougars in the series which is a winning streak that dates back to the 2010 season.

Those guys are big and really working hard as a group to get better. And then we have a lot of guys coming up fast and getting ready to play, and we saw that throughout the spring and into the offseason. No doubt, opined sophomore running back Lopini Katoa. One thing we see is that we have an incredible amount of depth, junior offensive lineman Tristen Hoge said. We feel like were in position now to not lose much of a step at all even if someone goes down. I love what Ive seen from the offensive line.

The road team is 5-2 against the spread in the last seven of this series and Utah is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 trips to BYU. While the LSU defense is usually one of the better units in the country, BYU still has some serious problems on offense that will likely continue against Utah this weekend. Look for another cover this weekend. The Utes look ready for the challenge up front and they have enough offensive weapons that should pose a problem for the BYU defense.

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Officially, they are now calling this game the Desert First Duel, but unofficially, many still know this rivalry as the "Holy War." Utah has won six straight in the series, including a 20-19 thriller last year in Salt Lake City with the Utes stopping BYU's two-point conversion attempt with 18 seconds left. These games are always bitter and hard fought, and the 10:15 p.m.

Quarterback Tanner Mangum understandably struggled against LSU. The Cougars are also trying to figure out their go-to receivers after losing their top three pass catchers from last season. On the field, BYU doesnt have the personnel to attack Utahs weaknesses. The Utes have a strong front-7, holding North Dakota to two yards per rush in their opener. But he wasnt all that sharp against Portland State either. Utahs secondary may be vulnerable, but the Cougars may not be able to exploit that.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Utah is favored on the road, as the Utes are getting odds of -2 points against BYU. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 45.5 points. The game will air live on ESPN2. These two meet on Saturday from LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. Utah has won six straight meetings with BYU, covering the spread in four of those six wins.