The 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl will feature a matchup between the BYU Cougars and the Wyoming Cowboys this week. The college football Poinsettia Bowl betting spread favors the BYU by 9-points. Kick-off is this Wednesday, December 21 at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN from the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
The 2016 Poinsettia Bowl marks the 12th straight postseason appearance for BYU. Wyoming hasn’t been to the postseason since 2011.
BYU Cougars Vs Wyoming Cowboys Poinsettia Bowl Spread & ATS Pick
What: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Who: BYU Cougars (8-4) vs Wyoming Cowboys (8-5)
When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: San Diego, CA
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Spread: BYU -9
Moneyline: BYU -340 vs Wyoming +280
Game Total: 56
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: BYU vs Wyoming
Why Bet The BYU Cougars To Beat Wyoming
The BYU Cougars are 8-4 SU and 9-3 ATS this season. They average 30.0 points per game (63rd) and allow 19.4 points per game (30th).
The Cougars need to get out ahead early and build a cushion in the score. Given how close their losses have been this season, the worst thing they can do right now is to allow Wyoming to get within a single score margin to tie the game or take the lead.
"Our guys don’t know much about the rivalry and being in the same conference with Wyoming in the past," head coach Kalani Sitake said. "But, we know they’re a great team and we’re looking forward to playing them. But other than that, these young kids don’t know much about the past."
The Cougars average 206.4 passing yards per game (91st). QB Taysom Hill (2323 yards, 12 TDs & 11 INTs) is a dual-threat quarterback. Along with his prowess in the passing game, Hill added 603 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. WR Nick Kurtz (46 rec, 482 yards, 2 TDs) and Colby Pearson (36 rec, 368 yards, 4 TDs) are the two main receivers on the team. BYU averages 199.9 rushing yards per game (45th). RB Jamaal Williams (208 car, 1165 yards, 11 TDs) averages 5.6 rushing yards per game.
BYU has the 114th-ranked total defense in College Football. The Cougars allows 255.9 passing yards per game (29th) and 108.4 rushing yards per game (8th).
Why Bet The Wyoming Cowboys To Beat BYU
The Wyoming Cowboys lost their last two regular season games to drop to 8-5 SU and 9-4 ATS this season. They average 37.5 points per game (22nd) and allow 34.8 points per game (106th).
"The program that coach Bohl has built here has really just completely changed the culture around here," senior center Chase Roullier said earlier this week. "He came into Wyoming with a completely different mindset about this team and it’s truly just shaped the way this team thinks and how we play."
The Cowboys average 230.8 passing yards per game (63rd). QB Josh Allen (2996 yards, 26 TDs & 13 INT) is sitting at four yards short of 3000 passing yards for the season with 26 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions. He has completed 56.3% of the passes this season. Allen also added 785 rushing yards for seven touchdowns. Wyoming averages 208.5 rushing yards per game (37th).
RB Brian Hill (323 car, 1767 yards, 21 TDs) averages 5.5 yards per game. Getting the ball to Hill and getting him through BYU’s defense will put points on the board and rattle the Cougars enough for Wyoming to come out on top.
Wyoming has the 24th-ranked total defense in college football. They allow 261.3 passing yards per game (23rd) and 202.7 rushing yards per game.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Brigham Young is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Brigham Young is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
- Wyoming is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
- Wyoming is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
Even though BYU and Wyoming haven’t met since 2010, they are no strangers. BYU and Wyoming regularly faced off before departing the Mountain West Conference to become an Independent.
My final score prediction is BYU 31, Wyoming 24.