The first MUST WATCH matchup of the 2015-16 college football bowl season features the BYU Cougars facing the 20th-ranked Utah Utes for the Las Vegas Bowl. Dubbed the Holy War in Sin City, the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl kicks off on ABC this Saturday, December 19th at 3:30 PM from the Sam Boyd Stadium.
My Tips On How To Bet The BYU Cougars Vs #20 Utah Utes Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Spread
The college football bowl spread opened with Utah as a 3-point favorite to beat BYU and win the Las Vegas Bowl. The spread has since gone down to Utah -2.5. The Utes will be a slight favorite on the moneyline. The total is somewhat high at 54.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
What: BYU Cougars (9-3) at No. 22 Utah Utes (9-3)
When: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Stadium: Sam Boyd Stadium
Spread: Utah -2.5
Moneyline: BYU +125 vs Utah -145
Game Total: 54
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: BYU vs Utah
Bet The BYU Cougars Spread At +2.5 Because…
BYU is back on track. BYU looked to be on the road to greatness after beating Nebraska via a Hail Mary pass 33 to 28 on Sept. 5. The Cougars then took down Boise State 35 to 24 before losing a close game to highly regarded UCLA 23 to 24. A 0 to 31 loss to Michigan seriously derailed the Cougars. Again, the Cougars bounced back, this time with 5 straight wins. But, again, BYU floundered when losing 16 to 20 to Missouri. BYU finished their regular season on a high note beating Fresno State 52 to 10 and beating Utah State 51 to 28.
“This isn’t something that can be scripted, nor is life something that can be scripted,” coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “Who I am now is molded and directed through BYU. I am a product of Brigham Young University and am fortunate and lucky to have been challenged and given the opportunities I have been given in a way that is not explainable. I was given the opportunity to be head coach when I had never been one before.”
Bet The #20 Utah Utes Spread At -2.5 Because…
Utah played against better competition than BYU did. The Utes lost to USC, Arizona and UCLA. But, Utah beat Oregon, Washington, California and Michigan. In fact, while BYU lost 0 to 31 to Michigan, Utah beat Michigan 24 to 17. Utah cut their teeth during the regular season by playing in the ultra-tough Pac 12 Conference. They destroyed Oregon 62 to 20 on the road. They beat Washington on the road 34 to 23 and manhandled ASU 34 to 18. Utah is battle tested.
“The first six weeks the emotions were very good,” coach Kyle Whittingham said after avoiding a third straight loss with a 20-14 victory over Colorado on Nov. 28. “Every one was excited and then we had a setback against USC, but came back and won a couple of ballgames.
“The biggest disappointment was not being able to get one of these last two prior to this game, which would have really given us the outright championship and the chance to go to the Pac-12 championship game. … That was tough to take, but we have no one else to blame but ourselves and we own that.”
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
BYU’s offense was impressive in the Cougars’ last 2 games, but it’s hard to believe that the form they showed against Fresno State and Utah State is going to transfer to this game versus Utah. The Utes are an expertly coached bunch while BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall has one or two feet out the door, depending on whom you ask, since he took the job at Virginia. Utah should win this game by a comfortable margin.
My final score prediction is Utah 28, BYU 20.