BYU Cougars vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: BYU Cougars vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Wildcats (+11.5)
The Arizona Wildcats (0-5 last season) will try to beat the BYU Cougars (11-1 last year) at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday. BYU opens this game as 11.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 57.
The BYU Cougars wrapped up their year having a 11-1 mark. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Cougars stepped onto the field against the UCF Knights and walked away with a win by a score of 49-23. Tyler Allgeier was the leader on the ground for the Cougars with 19 attempts for 173 yards (9.1 yards per attempt). Zach Wilson went 26/34 with 425 yds passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 210.6 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. On the ground, the Cougars conceded 194 yards on 43 attempts, which is an average of 4.5 yds per run allowed. BYU gave up 21 completions on 45 tries for 217 yds, and a completion rate of 46.7%. Overall, they tallied 73 plays which totaled 655 yards. The BYU Cougars ended up rushing 38 different times and tallied 214 yards, which is an average of 5.6 yds per carry.
Regarding scoring, the BYU Cougars were sitting at 43.5 points per outing. Offensively they averaged 191.4 yds via the ground game, ranking them 42nd in college football. The Cougars earned 6,289 total yards for last season. BYU earned 34 touchdowns via the pass and 34 touchdowns via the ground. BYU earned 307 1st downs, and they were called for 52 penalties for 442 yds. They gave the ball to the opposition 8 times.
Concerning yards via the pass, the Cougars conceded 2,370 yards which ranked them 96th in D-1. During their 12 games, they yielded 197.5 yards per game through the air in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 61.2%. They surrendered 317.5 yards per outing putting them at 22nd in the country. They conceded 16 passing touchdowns and 8 touchdowns on the ground. Opposing teams ran for an average of 3.5 yards per running attempt and 120.0 rushing yards per game last season. In total, they conceded 1,440 rushing yards through 12 contests. The Cougars ranked 16th in Division 1 concerning team defense, conceding 15.3 PPG.
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The Wildcats ended the season having earned a 0-5 record. In their last game, the Wildcats walked away with a loss by a score of 70-7 when they faced the Arizona State Sun Devils. Grant Gunnell finished the contest with 78 yds on 12/17 passing while his QB rate was 97.4. He tossed 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 4.6. Gary Brightwell ran the ball 17 times for 49 yards, ending the contest with 2.9 yds per carry for Arizona. The Wildcats finished with 350 yards and they ran 82 plays (4.3 yards per play). Arizona ran for 3.8 yds per attempt, totaling 137 yards on 36 attempts. Arizona relinquished 50 rushing attempts for 259 yards (5.2 yards per carry). The Wildcats passing defense gave up a completion percentage of 76.9%, relinquishing 227 yards on 10 out of 13 through the air.
The Arizona Wildcats averaged 369.4 yards per contest which ranked them 86th in Division 1. They threw 7 picks while conceding 5 fumbles and they tallied 106 1st downs. They held an average of 156.4 yards per game via the rush and ran for 782 yards for the year. The Arizona offense racked up 294 penalty yards on 34 infractions, ranking them 110th in college football in terms of hurting your team. Last season, the Wildcats had a total of 1,065 yards via the pass as well as averaging 213.0 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 81st in D-1. In relation to their scoring prowess, the Wildcats were 120th in the nation holding an average of 17.4 points per game.
Arizona allowed the opposition a total of 1,353 rushing yards (270.6 yards per contest) as well as 19 touchdowns via the rush throughout last season. Their defense compiled 1 fumble and 2 interceptions in the prior season. They surrendered 6 touchdowns via the pass and 202.4 yards per outing, which had them ranked 39th in college football. The Wildcats defense took the field for 351 plays, which ranked 24th in the nation. In total, they gave up 199 total points. The Wildcats gave up 39.8 points per game, which had them sitting 132nd in college football.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cougars -11.5
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