BYU vs. Portland State Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the BYU vs. Portland State fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
BYU (0-0) vs. Portland State (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, August 26th
Game Time: 3:00 pm ET
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
This how you’re supposed to do it.
Without a true preseason like the NFL teams have, if you’re going to schedule a slew of nasty teams like BYU always does, you might as well start things out with a tune-up.
The Cougars have LSU up next, and then Utah, and then Wisconsin. And yes, while BYU doesn’t leave the state of Utah until October 14th, it’s still a nasty run of games that’ll be relatively meaningless if it can’t get by the Vikings to kick things off.
Coming off an ugly 3-8 season, Portland State gets back 14 starters with a ton of experience in the secondary, but with question marks on offense.
There’s the potential here for the Vikings to put up a fight, but if BYU is going to be any good, it has to put this game away without breathing hard.
One Reason Why Portland State Will Win
With RB Jamaal Williams and mobile QB Taysom Hill now Green Bay Packers, the BYU ground game that was so solid at the end of last season is undergoing a bit of an overhaul. It’ll likely be running back by committee early on, and to start, the Cougar attack will have to figure out how to rumble against a Portland State run defense that should be much, much better.
After a rough season of trying to figure out the right combination on the defensive front, and with a slew of young players being thrown to the wolves, Portland State might actually have a decent line with depth and size. However …
One Reason Why BYU Will Win
It’s not like the Viking defensive line is Alabama.
The Portland State pass rush isn’t going to be anything amazing – BYU QB Tanner Mangum should get plenty of time to bomb away. Again, the reason to play a game like this is to figure some things out, and the Vikings should be just okay enough to be more than a light scrimmage – it’s exactly what the Cougar offense needs to get ready for LSU.
With so many new parts to the Portland State offense, if BYU can jump out to a good first quarter, it should be over. The Vikings aren’t exactly 100% settled on their starters in the backfield, and while the downfield passing game might be fine, it”ll have big, big issues against this Cougar linebacking corps.
What’s Going To Happen
Portland State will be pluckier than BYU might like – for about a quarter. Eventually, the dam will break and the Cougar offense will get rolling. It’ll be balanced, it’ll show some explosion, and it’ll overcome a surprisingly shaky day by a BYU D that’ll make everyone a wee bit nervous with LSU up next.
BYU vs. Portland State Prediction
Final Score: BYU 52, Portland State 20
Line: No Line
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