The BYU Cougars have been playing in some very touch luck so far this season, and there is no indication that they are about to hit the lottery. They have three prominent national programs coming right up on their schedule, and there is also a sneaky good Toledo Rockets team to deal with on Friday night at Lavell Edwards Stadium. This might be considered “must win” territory for the Cougars, given the circumstances, and kickoff will take place at 10:15 PM ET. BetAnySports customers can watch the game on ESPN2 and engage in real time betting on the outcome, using the dynamic facilities of Live Betting Ultra.
BYU, after squeaking by Arizona in the opener, has lost tough ones to Utah, UCLA and West Virginia, traveling the path of an independent. These games have been decided by two, one, three and three points. That is about as close as you can get. And so fans tend to think about those little things that could have a made a difference. One of those involves the starter at quarterback, where Tanner Mangum, who played most of last year, has sat while Taysom Hill took the reins back. It was Hill’s knee injury that gave Mangum the opportunity last season, but the mentality of first-year head coach Kelani Sitake (who has taken over for the departed Bronco Mendenhall) has been to play more smashmouth, and so Hill, with a lot of ability as a runner, has been the preferred option. But he is not the most gifted passer, and has thrown six interceptions. So some controversy has naturally erupted, which complicates things for Sitake and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer (the former Heisman Trophy winner).
In the college football odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Cougars are laying a short price at home:
BYU Cougars -3.5
Toledo Rockets +3.5
Over 51.5 points -110
Under 51.5 points -110
BYU has some very difficult challenges coming up, as they have to play Michigan State, Mississippi State and Boise State in the coming weeks. If they lose this game and get swept in that trio of encounters, they are out of the bowl picture completely. This game represents something that is anything but a cakewalk. Toledo has compiled a 3-0 record against the likes of Arkansas State, Maine and Fresno State, but let’s not forget that they defeated Arkansas and Temple last season. They come in tonight with a lot of superlatives, including the #1 guy in the NCAA passing efficiency rankings in Logan Woodside, who has eleven TD passes and one interception, and nine pass plays of 40 or more yards. His top receiver, Cody Thompson, averages 32.8 yards a catch, and the Rockets are leading the nation with 59.6% success on third down conversions.
BetAnySports patrons might be interested in knowing that there are some rather amazing trends going the Rockets’ way as well. They have captured straight-up victories in nine straight road games. They have covered ten of their last 13 as a road underdog. And on an overall basis, they have gone 15-2-1 ATS in their last eighteen games.
Consider another important thing as well. Sitake’s major credentials include stewardship of Utah’s defense for a long stretch, and he built the top pass rush in the country at one point. Naturally, BYU likes to get pressure on the passer and force mistakes – something they’ve had success in doing (seven INT’s). But Toledo may be able to negate that kind of thing, inasmuch as they have not allowed a quarterback sack yet. Think that is a fluke? An anomaly? Think again – they gave up only five sacks ALL of last season.
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