Why BYU Will Win The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
– The Cougar run defense has been fantastic, allowing under four yards per carry and only giving up 200 yards or more against Wisconsin and Utah State. WMU can throw, but it’s at its best when it’s able to pound away with the great backfield, but that’s going to be a problem. The BYU secondary hasn’t been torched on a regular basis, allowing just three touchdowns over the final five games.
– BYU is great at getting the defense off the field, and WMU doesn’t move the chains well enough. Boise State was able to convert on third downs too easily in its win over the Cougars, and Washington did whatever it wanted in its win, but over the back half of the season, offenses have failed to covert 35% or more of their third down tries in five of the last six games. WMU has been held under 30% four times.
– Offense hasn’t been too much of a problem for Western Michigan, but the defense fell off the map late in the season, giving up 152 points over a rough three-game losing streak following a six-game winning stretch. All six of those wins came against teams that didn’t go bowling. If the BYU passing game can find anything that works early on, it should be able to produce – the Broncos allowed three touchdown passes or more in three of their last four games and four of their last six. It’s time to open it up a bit.