BYU vs. Arizona fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 10:45 pm ET
Venue: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
BYU (0-0) vs. Arizona (0-0) Game Preview
Like you have anything better to do than stay up really, really late to watch the debut of the Kevin Sumlin era at Arizona.
And you really don’t have anything else going on to keep you from checking out what Khalil Tate can do in the offense under the new coaching staff.
However, this might be the new and improved BYU.
It’s BYU. It’s not going to be that miserable offensively for forever.
The defense that had its moments last year has to rise up in a hurry, and the offense has to prove it can hang around. If neither of those things happen, it’s going to be a rough run to start the year. Win, and then the fun possibilities for a huge season start to pop up, even with trips to Wisconsin and Washington coming up before the end of September.
Or, Tate goes off and you’re not going to want to miss it.
One Reason Why BYU Will Win
The defense – with a full offseason to prepare – might just be good enough to keep Mr. Tate from going crazy.
Fred Warner might be gone from the linebacking corps, but there’s going to be speed with a few parts being moved around. Just about everyone is back up front against a very, very shaky Wildcat O line.
Tate will get his, but as long as the Cougar defense is keeping the big plays to a minimum, it should be able to hold its own.
On the other side, there will be an offense. There has to be.
With Dylan Collie coming in from the Hawaii, the Cougars have a real, live No. 1 receiver for an improved passing game. This could get into a bit of a shootout, and this year, BYU is far better equipped. But …
One Reason Why Arizona Will Win
This is going to be a whole lot of fun.
The Rich Rodriguez offense was a blast, but Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone should take things to another level with so many great parts returning.
Of course, Tate is a Heisman-level star, but he doesn’t have to do it all. The veteran receivers are in place, and JJ Taylor is a great-looking running back. The O line is going to be a problem early on, but the skill guys should be just good enough to overcome it.
Yeah, the Arizona defense is the Arizona defense – it’ll never be confused with Alabama’s – but the BYU offense still has miles to go to be nearly decent again. If Tate and company can get up early, this might be over.
What’s Going To Happen
BYU’s defense will put a wet blanket on all of the fun …
For a half.
It’ll take a little while for Tate and the Arizona offense to break out, but just when most of America goes to sleep, it’s all going to kick in with a wild second half.
The Cats will hit two big home runs, and the Cougars won’t be able to answer. It might not be the Heisman-clinching moment in Week 1 for Tate, but it’ll be effective.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Arizona 37, BYU 20
Line: Arizona -11.5, o/u: 60.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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