BYU vs USF NCAA Football Pick and Parlay
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Raymond James Stadium
Jordan McCloud and the USF Bulls host the BYU Cougars at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, October 12, 2019. USF opens this game as 6-point dogs. The Cougars are 2-3-0 ATS and 2-3-0 when betting on the total. The Bulls are 3-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-2-0 against the spread.
Key BYU Cougars Injuries
10/01/19 QB Zach Wilson Thumb is out indefinitely
09/22/19 RB Ty'Son Williams ACL is out for season
09/21/19 LB Zayne Anderson Undisclosed is out for season
08/01/19 WR Neil Pau'u Suspension is out for season
07/08/19 RB Beau Hoge Leg is out for season
Key USF Bulls Injuries
10/06/19 QB Blake Barnett Ankle missed last game, is questionable Saturday vs BYU
10/06/19 RB Johnny Ford Suspension is questionable Saturday vs BYU
10/06/19 LB Nico Sawtelle Shoulder is questionable Saturday vs BYU
In their last outing, the BYU Cougars played the Toledo Rockets and were beaten 28-21. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Cougars was Zach Wilson who went 22/38 with 315 yards through the air and threw 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 interception in the game. Emmanuel Esukpa led the team on the ground during the game. He had a long run of 32 yards and he tallied 1 TD for the contest. He ran for a total of 61 yards on 12 carries which had him averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Aleva Hifo was the receiving yardage leader by earning 111 yards on 5 catches. He had an average of 22.2 yards per catch during the game. The Cougars ended up rushing 26 times and added 101 yards earning them an average of 3.9 yards per rush. For the game, the Cougars racked up 19 first downs and they had 6 penalties for 52 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. In all, they ran 70 plays for 455 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, BYU gave up 17 completions on 28 throws for a total of 206 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.7%. On the day, they gave up a total of 448 yards and earned 3 turnovers. Against the run, the Cougars gave up 242 yards on 56 runs allowing their opponent an average of 4.3 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Cougars head into this matchup 2-3 in 2019. For total yardage, they currently sit at 4th among Independent teams and 94th in D-1 with 1,880 yards. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation with an average of 22.2 points per game, which has them at 106th in D-1. As a team, they are averaging 102 rushing yards per game which is 6th among Independent teams. The Cougars have one of the worst defenses in college football, allowing 31.2 points per game putting them 4th among Independent teams. When it comes to passing yards, the Cougars have conceded 1,059 yards. Teams are completing 70.9% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. When talking about yards rushing, BYU is giving up 220.8 yards per game ranking them 4th among Independent teams and 120th in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.7 yards per rush which has them at 3rd among D-1 Independent teams and 99th in D-1 overall. In total, they have allowed 1,104 rushing yards through 5 contests.
The last time they played, the USF Bulls took on the Connecticut Huskies and notched a win by a score of 48-22. Jordan Cronkrite led the team in rushing during the game. He tore off a long run of 28 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He scurried for 148 yards via 20 carries which had him averaging 7.4 yards per run. Jacob Mathis led the team in receiving yardage by earning 43 yards on 2 receptions. He had an average of 21.5 yards per catch during the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Bulls was Jordan McCloud who went 11/21 with 157 yards passing and added 3 touchdowns. He gave away 2 picks in the game. The Bulls ended up rushing 42 times and racked up 313 yards earning them an average of 7.5 yards per rush. In the game, the Bulls earned a total of 25 1st downs and they totaled 5 penalties for 59 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. Overall, they ran 64 plays for 503 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, USF allowed 18 completions on 29 throws totaling 209 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.1%. In the running game, the Bulls allowed 84 yards on 37 runs giving the other team an average of 2.3 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For this contest, they allowed 293 yards and earned 1 turnover.
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The Bulls step onto the field holding a record of 2-3. In discussing the offensive production, the Bulls have one of the middle tier offenses in Division 1. USF hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 141.2 yards on the ground per game, ranking them 86th in the nation. As a team, they have compiled a total of 706 rushing yards through 5 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Bulls average 345 yards per contest overall putting them 112th in the country and 11th in the AAC. The Bulls are conceding 29.8 points per game ranking them 10th in the AAC and 94th in the country. In regard to points given up, they have given up 149 total points. In terms of rushing yards, they are allowing 167.8 yards per game which puts them at 86th in Division 1 and 9th in the AAC. For 2019, they have conceded a total of 839 yards on the ground and 13 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the middling groups in college football. They are giving up 203.8 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Bulls sit in 8th in the conference.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Cougars -6 and under the total points
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