BYU Cougars vs Navy Midshipmen Prediction, 9/7/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: BYU Cougars vs Navy Midshipmen
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: BYU (-1.5)
Perry Olsen and the Navy Midshipmen play the BYU Cougars at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 5, 2020. The spread on this contest has BYU as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 56.5.
The last time they took the field last year, the BYU Cougars played the Hawaii Warriors and took the loss by a score of 38-34. Tyler Allgeier paced the team in rushing in this outing. He broke a long run for 36 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He scurried for 77 yards via 8 carries which had him averaging 9.6 yards per carry. Matt Bushman was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 91 yards on 6 catches. He notched an average of 15.2 yards per reception in this outing. Running the show from under center for the Colonials was Zach Wilson who went 24/40 with 274 yards by way of passing but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He walked away with 2 picks on this day.
The Cougars head into this game after finishing 7-6 last season. For total yards, they sat at 1st among FBS Independent teams and 29th in the country with 5,782 yards. They were in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation averaging 28.5 points per game, ranking them 67th in the country. As a team, they had an average of 160.2 rushing yards per game which was 3rd among FBS Independent teams.
The Cougars had one of the more average defenses in the nation allowing 25.5 points per game, putting them 3rd among Independent teams and 48th in the country. In discussing yards rushing, BYU allowed 167.5 yards per contest putting them 3rd among Independent teams and 78th in Division 1. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.2 yards per rush putting them 2nd among Independent teams and 65th in college football overall. Overall, they conceded 2,178 yards rushing through 13 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Cougars conceded 2,938 yards. Opponents completed 63.5% of the passes they threw against them and averaged 7.3 yards per attempt.
The last time they played in 2019, the Navy Midshipmen went up against the Kansas State Wildcats and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 20-17. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Midshipmen was Malcolm Perry who went 5/7 with 57 yards by way of the pass and threw 1 touchdown. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Perry led the team in rushing in the game. He tore off a long run of 59 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He rushed for a total of 213 yards on 28 carries which means he ran for an average of 7.6 yards per run. Chance Warren was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 42 yards on 2 catches. He had an average of 20.5 yards per reception in this game.
The Midshipmen head into this game after an impressive 11-2 campaign. In discussing their offensive production, the Midshipmen had one of the best offenses in college football. When looking at their ability to score points, the Midshipmen sat at 4th in the AAC and 12th out of all the teams in the country with an average of 37.2 points per game. Navy showed the league they have a potent rushing attack by averaging 360.7 yards per contest, putting them 1st in the nation. As a unit, they compiled a total of 4,689 yards rushing through 13 games, so they'll look to continue their dominance on the ground to grind out wins. The Midshipmen averaged 455.9 yards per contest overall ranking them 19th in the country and 4th in the AAC.
The Midshipmen conceded 22.3 points per game which put them at 2nd in the conference and 34th in Division 1. Their pass defense was one of the mediocre units in the nation. They conceded 208.3 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Midshipmen sat at 4th in the conference. When it comes to points allowed, they allowed 290 total points. When talking about yards on the ground, they conceded 105.9 yards per contest which put them at 10th in college football and 1st in the AAC. In 2019, they gave up a total of 1,377 yards rushing.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Midshipmen college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cougars -1.5
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