Get ready to feast on a buffet of touchdowns when the BYU Cougars try to topple the Washington Huskies on the Fight Hunger Bowl betting line. These two teams ranked in the top-12 in terms of plays-per-game, and know how to keep offenses churning. Additionally both defenses averaged over 380 yards against per game, so you have a recipe for a high scoring affair. This is going to be fun.
The Huskies went just 6-6 ATS on the year, more so because they had to play teams from the Pac-12 than anything else. Even still, Washington bombarded opponents with 514.3 yards of offence per game, while scoring a very respectable 38.5 points per matchup as well. Quarterback Keith Price threw for 2,843 yards and running back Bishop Sankey was a force of nature. He piled up 1,775 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground, ranking him third amongst all tailbacks.
Punters might be legitimately wary of the Huskies since they ended the year on a rough 2-5 ATS slide. They’re only shallow favorites on the Fight Hunger Bowl betting line, and there’s other causes for concern here as well. This team went just 1-5 ATS on the road and 1-2 SU in their last 3 bowl game appearances.
It’s always tough to get a read on schools from the Independent Conference because their schedule ends up being a scattered collection of fairly random teams. Like their opponents, BYU ended the year poorly at 1-3-1 ATS. They beat up on some marquee teams this year, toppling Boise State, Georgia Tech, Houston and Texas but also fell to Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Utah.
Throughout the year, however, the Cougars were a ridiculous offensive team. They posted averages of 495.4 yards per game and 31.3 points, while allowing just 21.3 points against. Quarterback Taysom Hill was simply incredible while totaling 3,856 yards from scrimmage with 28 total touchdowns to boot. This is a feisty, 6-foot-2 sophomore who can hurt you in many ways.
So when you bet the Fight Hunger Bowl betting line, you’re essentially choosing between a one-many army or a two-pronged attack. But the deciding factor may be on the sidelines. Washington has lost head coach Steve Sarkisian, who took the job at USC, and will be led by quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo, an alumni of the school. This is a tight game to begin with, and coaching can make a major difference in college football. In fact, the absence of Sarkisian’s offensive game planning is likley to be the biggest x-factor in the Fight Hunger Bowl betting bonanza. Hammer the OVER in this one too.