BYU has the nation’s most brutal schedule to start out the season, and it needs every win it can get. Arizona can’t afford an early loss close to home. Check out the BYU vs. Arizona fearless prediction and preview.
BYU vs. Arizona Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 3rd
Game Time: 10:30 pm ET
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Why BYU Will Win
The quarterback situation is settled, for now, and it’s going to be Taysom Hill ready to roll. If he’s back to form after he missed almost all of last year suffering a foot injury in the opener against Nebraska, he’s the key. He’s the catalyst. He’s the star who can carry the team on his shoulders and get it through several of the brutal early showdowns. A veteran gunslinger, he’s big, mobile, and has the exact type of game that should give the mediocre Arizona defensive front fits.
The other big win for the Cougars is the return of running back Jamaal Williams from missing all of last year for a violation of team rules. He’ll take the pressure off the Hill and should be able to pound away to keep the Cougar offense in control. Own the time of possession, rely on the great secondary to stuff the Arizona passing game, and grind it out – the veteran team can do that.
Why Arizona Will Win
Can the Cougars handle the Arizona ground game? For the most part, BYU struggled against mobile quarterbacks and good rushing attacks last season, going 1-3 when giving up 190 yards or more. The Wildcats have the talent, experience, and flash in the backfield blow past the 200-yard mark as long as the line is going its job.
It’s not going to be a power game – it’s going to be fun and flashy. BYU will have its moments offensively, but Arizona will come up with more WOW plays.
Can the new look on defense work? The Wildcats were a nightmare last year getting torched on a regular basis over the second half of last year, and now the D has to go on without Scooby Wright and a slew of decent veterans. However, this is a young, athletic group now that should make up for mistakes by being more aggressive.
What’s Going To Happen?
Do you like the older, mature team, or the young group of fired up players looking to make a splash? Don’t discount the desperation factor, especially this early in the season. BYU has a tough road to deal with, and it’s not a stretch to think a bowl game might hinge on winning in Glendale.
It’s not a stunner that Hill is the starter for the Cougars, but now that this is a done deal, watch for him to come out and be brilliant. He and Williams will combine for over 200 rushing yards in a huge win – even though it’s early.
BYU vs. Arizona Prediction
Final Score: BYU 34, Arizona 30
Line: Arizona -1, o/u: 62
ATS Confidence: 5: Lock of the Century – 1: Move Along … 1
Must See Rating: 5: Any Ryan Lochte interview – 1: Bridget Jones’s Baby … 3