Saturday, November 19, 2016
LaVell Edwards Stadium
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The UMass Minutemen take on the Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The opening line for this game has BYU as 30 point favorites. This season the Minutemen are 6-4-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-5-0. The Cougars have an over/under record of 2-8-0 and they are 7-3-0 against the spread.
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Andrew Ford finished with 316 yards through the air for Massachusetts last week. He completed 23 passes out of 44 attempts for a 52% completion percentage. The Minutemen were led in rushing by Marquis Young, who finished with 52 yards on 17 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 3 yards per carry. Jalen Williams was the team leader in receiving with a total of 108 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 27 yards per reception. As a team in that game Massachusetts got a total of 18 first downs. Of those first downs, 5 came on the ground while 13 came through the air. They ran 72 total plays for 360 yards for the game. The Minutemen ran for 44 yards on 28 attempts.
Taysom Hill finished with 130 yards passing for BYU last week. He went 15 for 25, resulting in a 60% completion percentage. The Cougars were led on the ground by Jamaal Williams, who finished with 92 yards on 25 carries. He ended the game with an average of 4 yards per rush. Jonah Trinnaman led the team in receiving with 47 yards and 2 catches. He finished the game with an average of 24 yards per reception. BYU had 23 first downs total. 12 came from running the ball and 9 came from a pass. They ran 72 total plays for 337 yards for the contest. The Cougars ran for 207 yards on 47 carries as a team.
Massachusetts scores 23.1 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 108th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 20.2 passes on 35.8 attempts for a 56.4 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 245 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 51st in college football. The Minutemen run for an average of 102.7 yards per game on 31.2 attempts for an average of 3.3 yards per carry. That ranks them 125th in the nation. They also run 67 plays per contest and average 5.2 yards per play for an average of 347.7 yards per game, ranking their offense 114th overall this season. The Minutemen average 19.1 first downs per game which ranks them 107th in the country. They accumulate 60.5 penalty yards per game via 7.5 penalties, which ranks 39th in the nation.
Massachusetts allows 261.4 passing yards per game, ranking 100th in D-1, and they allow 32.9 points per contest on defense, which ranks 101st. They give up 21.1 completions on 32.8 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 64.3. The Minutemen allow 190.8 rushing yards per game on 41.1 carries for an average of 4.6 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 80th in the country. Massachusetts allows 452.2 total yards per game including 6.1 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 105th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.6 penalties for 64.1 yards per game, ranking them 107th among D-1 teams.
BYU averages 28.1 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 69th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 20.6 passes per game on 34.1 attempts for a 60.4 percent completion percentage. They throw for 218.7 yards through the air per game, ranking them 83rd in Division 1. The Cougars run for an average of 190 yards per game on 40.5 attempts for an average of 4.7 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 48th on the ground. They also run 74.6 plays per game and average 5.5 yards per play for a total of 408.7 yards per game, ranking them 65th in the country on offense. The Cougars get an average of 23.3 first downs per game, which ranks 33rd in the nation. They average 58.7 penalty yards per game via 6.5 penalties, ranking them 48th in college football.
BYU allows an average of 268 passing yards per game, which ranks 111th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 21.4 points per contest, which has them ranked 26th in the nation. They give up 21.5 completions on 33.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.6 per game. The Cougars allow 116.4 rushing yards per contest on 33.7 carries for a 3.5 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 19th in the country. BYU allows 384.4 total yards per game for an average of 5.7 yards per play, which ranks 46th in D-1. They force 2.3 turnovers per contest and 5.5 penalties for 50 yards in each contest, ranking 46th in the nation.
Massachusetts Betting Trends
Massachusetts is 5-5-0 against the over/under this season
Massachusetts has an ATS record of 6-4-0 this season
BYU Betting Trends
BYU is 2-8-0 against the over/under this season
BYU has an ATS record of 7-3-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
11/01/16 QB Ross Comis ACL out indefinitely
10/12/16 LB Shane Huber Knee out for season
09/15/16 QB James Sosinski Personal has left team
11/14/16 RB Squally Canada Thumb probable Saturday vs. Massachusetts
11/13/16 LB Butch Pau'u Knee "?" Saturday vs. Massachusetts
11/13/16 RB Jamaal Williams Foot "?" Saturday vs. Massachusetts
11/02/16 DT Merrill Taliauli Knee out for season
11/01/16 DT Travis Tuiloma Knee out for season
10/08/16 PK Jake Oldroyd Back out indefinitely
10/05/16 OL Ului Lapuaho Undisclosed out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take BYU -30
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