The #23 Boise State Broncos (1-0, 0-0 Away) will visit the BYU Cougars (1-0, 0-0 Home) on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. The game will televise at 10:15 PM ET on ESPN2. The current odds list Boise State as a 2.5-point favorite with the over/under set at 55.
Boise State is coming in off a 16-13 win over Washington. In a game where there was very little offense, Ryan Finley went 16 of 26 for 129 yards and an interception. He also had 11 carries for 30 yards. Jeremy McNichols ran for 89 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns. Kelsey Young added 48 yards on the ground with 13 carries. Holden Huff and Thomas Sperbeck both had 28 yards receiving while Kelsey Young added 26 yards. The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in September.
BYU is coming in off a 33-28 win over Nebraska. Taysom Hill went 21 of 34 for 268 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns but broke his foot running in on the second touchdown and is out for the season. They will rely on Tanner Magnum who filled in for Hill and went 7 of 11 for 111 yards and a touchdown. Adam Hine ran for 37 yards on four carries. Nick Kurtz caught five passes for 123 yards while Mitch Mathews had 69 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The Cougars are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven home games and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games on grass.
My Pick: BYU +2.5
I like BYU to get the win at home with Magnum taking the snaps. I think he has a lot of young talent for a freshman and I think he will work this offense. Boise really struggled on offense and I think we see more of the same in this one. Take the Cougars in this one.