CFB Spread Picks - Can Utah Hold Off BYU?
With my first college football bet of the year, we successfully cashed Chris Olave over 90.5 receiving yards. While I love these props bets, the sportsbooks are incredibly slow with posting the lines so I'm pivoting to a spread pick I like a lot. With so many great games to bet on it honestly took me a while to settle on BYU vs Utah, Texas vs Arkansas, and Iowa vs Iowa State were both incredibly tempting but my biggest edge was on Utah. Week 2 is always awesome for betting, we finally have a bit of information and tape to watch and the money should be rolling in.
Who would have thought that Utah would come into this game as such a heavy favorite? Last year was amazing for BYU, producing second overall pick Zack Wilson in what was an electric offense. This season, without Zack Wilson, BYU has a much more balanced attack, relying on the running game to keep defenses in check. Unfortunately for BYU, Utah has a really good run defense. Utah has led the Pac-12 in rushing defense each of the last three seasons and held Weber State to only 57 rush yards in their Week 1 matchup.
Both of these teams started out a little slow but beat their fairly easy Week 1 opponents. Looking back on the tape, I liked what I saw from Utah a lot. They played their style of football all game and I don't think that's something BYU is gonna be accustomed to. It's hard losing one of your best players in franchise history and while BYU does have a solid squad I just don't think they will be able to keep pace with Utah this week.
The Charlie Brewer to Tavion Thomas combination was electric in Week 1. 12 catches for 107 yards along with 2 touchdowns is definitely a memorable experience. While Weber State doesn't have the best secondary in the country, neither does BYU. BYU allowed four receivers to go over 50 yards in a game where Arizona only scored 16 points. That definitely reflects more on Arizona's ability to close out drives than BYU's defensive ability. I expect Utah to continue to exploit this problem in this intense Week 2 matchup with seasonlong implications.
WynnBet currently has the best number available at -6. We've seen some line movement in both directions over the course of the last week, I would play this bet up to -7. Remember to always line shop to the best of your ability. Bet Karma has multiple tools that will assist you with this, as someone that makes hundreds of bets every single year, the little things really do add up. I'm excited to see Utah perform against some tougher competition, if you want the rest of my bets make sure to check out my Twitter @MonotoneFootbal
1.1u Utah -6 -110 to win 1u