The Wyoming Cowboys (3-1, 1-0 MW) will be trying to pull off an upset when they face the 19th-ranked BYU Cougars (2-1, 0-0 Independent) on Saturday night. The Cowboys are coming off a 17-14 win over Air Force as 16.5-point underdogs. The Cougars are coming off a 41-20 loss to Oregon as 3.5-point underdogs.
BYU is 9-1 in its last 10 games against Wyoming.
Cowboys Going For Fourth Consecutive WinThe Cowboys followed up their season-opening loss to Illinois by winning their last three games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Cougars, which will give them their fourth win in a row and first road win of the season.
Wyoming is averaging 24 points per game. They are throwing for 148 yards and rushing for 163.5 yards per game.
Andrew Peasley completed 78 percent of his passes for 162 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the win over Air Force. Titus Swen had 19 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown, while Joshua Cobbs had six catches for 45 yards.
Wyoming has played well defensively, giving up 24.8 points per game. They have struggled against the pass and will need to do a better jo0b if they want to get past the Cougars.
Cougars Trying To Bounce Back From LossThe Cougars had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Ducks in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Cowboys, which will give them their third win in their last four games.
BYU is averaging 32 points per game through three games. They are throwing for 283 yards and rushing for 152 yards per game.
Jaren Hall completed 70 percent of his passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to the Ducks. Christopher Brooks had 10 carries for 28 yards and one touchdown, while Chase Roberts had four catches for 60 yards.
BYU has struggled defensively, giving up 27.3 points per game. Their ground game was exposed in their last game, with the team giving up over 200 yards on the ground. With the Cowboys running the ball more than they throw it, they will need to do a better job on that end if they want to get the win.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Cowboys played well enough to win their last three games, but they were embarrassed the last time they hit the road by Illinois. They don’t throw the ball well and pick up most of their yards on the ground, which will make things easier for BYU’s defense, which had done a great job against the run before their loss to Oregon. BYU has been very good offensively and they can beat you with either their passing or running game. The Cowboys aren’t very good against the run and they’ve done a worse job defending the pass, so expect them to have a hard time slowing down the Cougars, who will be trying to take out their frustrations from their loss to the Ducks on them. Go with BYU to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Cowboys are averaging 24 points per game and they averaged 13.67 points per game in their last three games against the Cougars. They don’t throw the ball well and will rely on their running game in this game, but they are facing a good defensive team that held two of their first three opponents to 21 points or less and will fall short of their average in this game. The Cougars are averaging 32 points per game and they averaged 33.6 points per game in their last three games against the Cowboys. They have the 33rd-best passing game in the country and they’re facing a Cowboys team that has struggled against the pass and gave up 38 points in their only road game, so expect them to score enough points to push the score over the total. The Cougars and Cowboys played over the total in two of their last three meetings.