NCAA Football: Utah Utes vs BYU Cougars Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/11/2021

by Big Al Staff

NCAA Football:  Utah Utes vs BYU Cougars Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/11/2021

Game Time:  10:15 pm ET, Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Venue:  LaVell Edwards Stadium, provo, Utah
Where to Watch:  ESPN


Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Spread: Utah -7; Over/Under:  48 points
BetMGM:  Spread: Utah -7; Over/Under:  49 points
PointsBet:  Spread:  Utah -7; Over/Under:  49 points

Season Record

Utah: 1-0
BYU: 1-0
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Utah Vs BYU Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
 Utah went 3-2 in 2020.  Covid shortened their season and a couple games on the shortened season got cancelled.  They beat Oregon State, Washington State, and Colorado.  They lost to Washington and USC.  It’s all over now…. 2020 was just a dream.  Get vaccinated and play on.
BYU needed the money in 2020 and played as much as they could. They finished 10-1 with 1 game cancelled and then won a bowl game, the Boca Raton Bowl.  There they beat the UCF Knights 49-23.  

Offensive Analysis

Utah opened the season with a fireworks display on offense.  They beat poor Weber State 40-17.  Baylor transfer quarterback Charlie Brewer completed 19 of 27 passes for 233 yards, 2 TD’s, and an interception.  RB Tavion Thomas had 12 rushes for 102 yards and 2 TD’s.  Tight End Dalton Kincaid caught two touchdowns and finished the day with 75 yards.  Nice, solid, work.  An easy win and on to the next. 
BYU opened the season with a win over Arizona 24-16.  BYU’s QB Jaren Hall, has to take over for Zach Wilson, the finest recent product BYU has put out. Jaren got the job done. You would hardly notice that these players have their personal lives governed by a Draconian personal conduct policy that forbids all regular (like dating, partying, and regular experimentation that creates healthy adults) aspects of college life for free Americans… They were so happy with the win. Jaren hall threw for 198 yards and 2 TD’s, he scampered for 36 yards.

Defensive Analysis

BYU’s defense gave up 345 yards passing to the Arizona Wildcats, but only 1 passing TD came of it.  Tack on a few yards rushing and they only gave up 426 yards. BYU didn’t look as solid on defense as the result in the score and the win… but they held against the pac-12’s worst team possibly.  Utah will eat them up if they don’t give better effort from the total defense.  No more arm tackles that lead to two extra yards per rush. 


Utes vs Cougars Prediction

Utah will roll-over BYU.  It’s not a foregone conclusion but it is what the recent year’s stats and week 1 results say.
Our prediction for Saturday, September 11th, 2021 is Utah 30 - BYU 13
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Utah is 62-34-4 all-time versus BYU.  Last time in 2019, Utah won 30-12.
Utah is 5-0 against the spread in their last five meetings at BYU.
Utah is  9-1 against the spread in their last 10 games following a win.
BYU is 0-1 ATS this season.
BYU has gone Under in their last 4 games.

Key Injuries

Utah: Jaren Kump, Day to Day.
BYU:  WR Gunner Romney (knee) questionable,  WR Kody Epps (foot) questionable, WR Keenan Ellis Out

Players to Watch

Utah:  Charlie Brewer.  This Austin Texas kid is filling up the stat sheet and all the pressure should be on him.  If he can keep it going through the air Utah will win a lot of games.
BYU: Jaren Hall.  He went to a high school called Maple Mountain.  If that is not a quaint small town then nothing is.  Will his small town eyes adjust to the bright lights against bigtime competition? Is he ready for Zach Wilson’s sloppy seconds?... Let’s watch.

Notable Quotes

“ (we) have a whole laundry list of stuff to work on this week to keep us busy” -Utah head coach Kyle Wittingham
“Facebook and Twitter light up for a rivalry game” -My nerdy assistant who went to BYU.
 “Obviously, there are a lot of things we can improve on,... but I was really proud of the fight from our team, to get the win.” - Kalani Sitake, head coach BYU. About week 1 win over Arizona. 

Starting Lineups

Utah:  QB Charlie Brewer, RB Micah Bernard, WR Theo Howard, WR Solomon Enis, WR Britain Covey, FB Joe Ludwig, TE Cole Fotheringham, TE Brant Kuithe
BYU:  QB Jaren Hall, RB Tyler Allgeier, WR Gunner Romney, WR Neil Pau’u, WR Puka Nacua, FB Masen Wake, TE Isaac Rex, LT Blake Freeland

Statistical Leaders

Utah:  Passing: Charlie Brewer, Rushing: Micah Bernard
BYU:  Passing: Jaren Hall,  Rushing:  Tyler Allgeier
Utah:  Kyle Wittingham
BYU: Kalani Sitake

Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy.  81* high, wind at 7mph.  Severe prayer warning.  It’s the Beehive State rivalry everybody!!

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