Hawaii vs. BYU fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 13
Game Time: 10:15 ET
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Hawaii (6-1) vs. BYU (3-3) Game Preview
What’s Going To Happen
Okay, Zack Wilson. You’re on.
Tanner Mangum threw for 270 yards in the loss to Utah State, but the guy who helped engineer the win over Wisconsin cave up a few key turnovers last week and the team is on a two-game losing streak.
By the way, Mangum hit 18-of-21 passes two weeks ago against Washington.
No matter. the 6-3, 205-pound Wilson is going to be the main man now to build around, but he and the Cougar offense have to keep up with the Hawaii team that can become bowl eligible with a win.
Cole McDonald is back at quarterback after missing the Wyoming game, and he’ll have to make the O dynamic again. Best of all for the Rainbow Warriors, they’re figuring out how to win tight games, getting by San Jose State by three and the Cowboys by four in the last two weeks.
The BYU defensive front isn’t great at getting behind the line, but the secondary has been able to hold up throughout most of the year, including last week in the loss to Utah State. It gave up four touchdown passes, but not a whole lot of yards.
Turnover margin can’t be an issue. BYU was -3 against the Aggies, but Hawaii has a problem with takeaways. It’s usually able to make up for issues by bombing away.
The Rainbow Warrior offense will be its usual fast, efficient self, but Wilson will push the ball deeper than Mangum did, and the Cougar offense will get back to pounding the ball a bit.
It won’t be anything pretty from the Cougar side, but it’ll grind out a win with the running game. For now, that will be enough.
Fearless Prediction & Line
BYU 24, Hawaii 23
Line: BYU -11, o/u: 56.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Must See Rating: 2.5
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