College Football Betting: Utah State at BYU

Added October 03, 2014 by Levi Watkins

Friday Night football features a longstanding Beehive State rivalry as the Utah State Aggies head south to Provo for a game against the BYU Cougars. The Old Wagon Wheel is the trophy symbolic of victory in this game which will be played for the 84th time tonight. In recent years, this contest has been scheduled on the Friday before the start of the LDS Church General Conference in Salt Lake City which is also good for both school as it gets them on national TV.

Unfortunately, Utah football rivalries aren’t what they used to be and this is the only in-state rivalry game involving any of the big three college teams in the state. Utah won’t even play BYU this year in one of the most intense rivalries in all of college football. Both teams enter this matchup well rested, having last played on September 20th. BYU has a quick turnaround to a Thursday road game at Central Florida. Utah State has been very competitive in this matchup against BYU over the past decade or so. Since 1992 the Cougars are 14-2 SU over their rivals from the North but Utah State is 8-3 ATS in those games. BYU has won 9 straight in Provo but Utah State is 4-2 in those games.

The focus of BYU towards this game has changed markedly over the past few years. When the Cougars were atop the state football pecking order and the Aggies clearly at the bottom they were able to not ‘go for the throat’ in these games. Now that BYU is an Independent they need every victory they can get. Additionally, they know that Utah State has become a very good football program over the past few years and that if they don’t give them their full attention they can lose outright. To be fair, the Cougars really don’t have an excuse for not beating Utah State with ease this season. The Aggies will be without starting quarterback Chuckie Keaton and there’s a huge dropoff to his replacement Darell Garretson. They could also be without starting running back Joe Hill. Utah State is 0-4 ATS this year and the ‘overcompensation’ for that is something of a concern but we’ll still lay the price with BYU.


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