BYU vs. Utah Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the BYU vs. Utah fearless prediction and game preview.
BYU (1-1) vs. Utah (1-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 7th
Game Time: 10:15 pm ET
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
The two Holy War rivals certainly know how to do it right.
Last season, Utah survived in a thriller of a 20-19 win, and that comes after holding on for dear life in a 35-28 win in the Royal Purple Bowl to close out the 2015 season.
Utah has won six straight in the series – the last four all close – with BYU last coming up with a 26-23 win at home in 2009.
Seriously, these two know how to play good games.
But it would be nice if BYU could find a way to rise to the occasion and come up with a decent overall performance after an embarrassment of a 27-0 loss to LSU.
The offense hasn’t moved the ball well in the first two games – beating Portland State in the opener – and now it has to try keeping up with a new Utah attack that sputtered a bit early, but found its groove for a 37-16 win over North Dakota.
BYU needs to win, or the season might be in big, big trouble with Wisconsin up next. A win by Utah likely means a 3-0 start – San Jose State is up next – before starting out the Pac-12 season at Arizona.
One Reason Why BYU Will Win
The Utah offense sort of worked against North Dakota, but it was a fight. For all of BYU’s issues, the defense has been great over the first two games – it just needs a little support.
LSU RB Derrius Guice was Derrius Guice, running for 122 yards and two touchdowns, but he’s going to do that on everyone. BYU’s linebacking corps is terrific, the run defense sound, and D overall should keep the score low and the game winnable.
Utah averaged just under six yards per carry in the win over North Dakota, but that’s not happening this week. As long as the Cougar LBs can keep Utah QB Tyler Huntley from taking off – he ran for 70 yards and two scores – the defense will take its chances against the downfield passing game.
One Reason Why Utah Will Win
BYU can’t win if it doesn’t score.
The Utes might still be breaking in several new parts, but the run defense was in fine form against the Fighting Hawks allowing just 55 rushing yards without having to sell out to get into the backfield.
LSU – without star DE Arden Key and a few other key parts – stuffed the BYU running game for -5 yards. QB Tanner Mangum gave it a try, but he couldn’t get the passing attack going, either.
And it wasn’t jut the LSU disaster. Portland State’s defense looked like Alabama at times, too.
Utah might like to try opening it up now, but if it can just find a way to score early and be efficient and effective the rest of the way – code for don’t screw up – it should be just fine. 17 points probably wins this.
What’s Going To Happen
Can BYU finally find something that consistently works on offense at home? For a few drives, yes, but not enough of them.
The Cougar defense will keep this from getting out of hand, but the offense won’t be able to take advantage of any of the opportunities. It’ll be a grind, and it’ll be close – it’s BYU vs. Utah – but the Utes will get out with an ugly win.
BYU vs. Utah Prediction
Utah 23, BYU 16
PICK, o/u: 47.5
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