Saturday, September 24, 2016
LaVell Edwards Stadium
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The West Virginia Mountaineers take on the Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The opening line for this game has West Virginia as 3.5 point favorites. This season the Mountaineers are 1-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 1-1-0. The Cougars have an over/under record of 0-3-0 and they are 3-0-0 against the spread.
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Skyler Howard finished with 389 yards through the air for West Virginia last week. He completed 20 passes out of 33 attempts for a 61% completion percentage. The Mountaineers were led in rushing by Rushel Shell, who finished with 84 yards on 16 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Shelton Gibson was the team leader in receiving with a total of 171 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 29 yards per reception. As a team in that game West Virginia got a total of 30 first downs. Of those first downs, 11 came on the ground while 16 came through the air. They ran 79 total plays for 624 yards for the game. The Mountaineers ran for 235 yards on 46 attempts.
Taysom Hill finished with 250 yards through the air for BYU last week. He completed 26 passes out of 48 attempts for a 54% completion percentage. The Cougars were led in rushing by Jamaal Williams, who finished with 28 yards on 14 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 2 yards per carry. Nick Kurtz was the team leader in receiving with a total of 83 yards and 8 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 10 yards per reception. BYU got a total of 19 first downs in that game. 4 came from running the ball and 12 came from a pass. They ran 74 total plays for 273 yards for the game. The Cougars ran for 23 yards on 25 attempts.
West Virginia scores 32 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 67th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 21.5 passes on 35 attempts for a 61.4 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 321 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 18th in college football. The Mountaineers run for an average of 238 yards per game on 47 attempts for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. That ranks them 24th in the nation. They also run 82 plays per contest and average 6.8 yards per play for an average of 559 yards per game, ranking their offense 7th overall this season. The Mountaineers average 27 first downs per game which ranks them 16th in the country. They accumulate 47 penalty yards per game via 5 penalties, which ranks 94th in the nation.
West Virginia allows 251 passing yards per game, ranking 94th in D-1, and they allow 16 points per contest on defense, which ranks 21st. They give up 19.5 completions on 42.5 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 45.9. The Mountaineers allow 182.5 rushing yards per game on 44 carries for an average of 4.1 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 95th in the country. West Virginia allows 433.5 total yards per game including 5 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 99th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.5 penalties for 57.5 yards per game, ranking them 63rd among D-1 teams.
BYU averages 17 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 119th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 23 passes per game on 39.3 attempts for a 58.5 percent completion percentage. They throw for 212.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 79th in Division 1. The Cougars run for an average of 126.3 yards per game on 33 attempts for an average of 3.8 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 107th on the ground. They also run 72.3 plays per game and average 4.7 yards per play for a total of 338.7 yards per game, ranking them 105th in the country on offense. The Cougars get an average of 20.3 first downs per game, which ranks 76th in the nation. They average 64 penalty yards per game via 6.7 penalties, ranking them 49th in college football.
BYU allows an average of 238 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 78th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 17.7 points per contest, which has them ranked 31st in the nation. They give up 20 completions on 31 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.5 per game. The Cougars allow 111.3 rushing yards per contest on 34 carries for a 3.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 37th in the country. BYU allows 349.3 total yards per game for an average of 5.4 yards per play, which ranks 49th in D-1. They force 3 turnovers per contest and 6 penalties for 51.3 yards in each contest, ranking 44th in the nation.
West Virginia Betting Trends
West Virginia is 1-1-0 against the over/under this season
West Virginia has an ATS record of 1-1-0 this season
BYU Betting Trends
BYU is 0-3-0 against the over/under this season
BYU has an ATS record of 3-0-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/09/16 PK Josh Lambert Suspension expected to miss Saturday vs. BYU
09/07/16 CB Jake Long Knee out for season
09/07/16 DE Xavier Pegues Shoulder out indefinitely
09/05/16 OL Yodny Cajuste Knee out for season
08/19/16 LB Brendan Ferns ACL out for season
08/14/16 DB Dravon Askew-Henry ACL out for season
09/18/16 OL Brad Wilcox Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. West Virginia
09/18/16 OL Kyle Johnson Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. West Virginia
09/18/16 LB Sione Takitaki Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. West Virginia
09/18/16 DB Troy Warner Leg "?" Saturday vs. West Virginia
09/01/16 DL Travis Tuiloma Foot out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take BYU
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