California Bears vs BYU Cougars 9-8-2018

California Bears vs BYU Cougars 9-8-2018

California Bears (1-0) vs BYU Cougars (1-0)

Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 10:15 pm EST
Location : Lavell Edwards Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

California Bears vs BYU Cougars

The California Bears will travel to Lavell Edwards Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, to battle the Cougars of BYU on 9-8-2018 in week 2 college football action beginning at 10:15 pm EST.  The Bears would squeak by the UNC Tarheels at home by a 24-17 score on 9-1-2018 as the spread would be a push (-7) while the under would be the play with the total being set at 57.5 for the game.  The BYU Cougars would go on the road to beat the Arizona Wildcats in week 1 by a 28-23 score last Saturday to where they would cover as dogs (11.5) while the under was the play with the total being set at 58.5 for the game.  These two teams would last meet on 11-29-2014 as the Bears would lose to the Cougs at home by a 42-35 score to where the Cougars would cover (+3) and while the over was the play with the total being set at 71.5 points.

California Bears's Latest Performance :

The Bears would collect 17 first downs along with 160 yards rushing and 119 yards passing against UNC last Saturday as Ross Bowers would lead the offense under center with 56 total yards on 8 for 17 passing while Chase Garbers would go 7 of 13 for 54 yards and a TD.  Patrick Laird would pace the rushing attack with 98 yards on 29 rushing yards while Garbers would add 10 rushes for 39 yards total.  Jordan Duncan would pace the receiving corps with 3 catches for 34 yards while Kanawai Noa and Vic Wharton would combine for 6 catches for 33 yards.  The defense would hold the Tarheels to 137 yards passing alongside 164 yards on the ground with 15 total first downs.  Evan Weaver would lead the D with 13 tackles while Jordan Kunaszyk would have 7 tackles in the victory.

BYU Cougars's Latest Performance :

BYU would have 209 yards passing against the Wildcats last Saturday along with 183 total rushing yards on 23 first downs in the win.  Tanner magnum would go 18 for 28 with 209 yards and a TD while Squally Canada would have 24 rushes for 98 yards and 3 TD’s.  Matt Bushmen would have a 24-yard TD catch for the Cougars as well.  The defense would allow 197 yards in the air while giving up 129 yards rushing on 22 first downs as Corbin Kafusi would have 7 tackles along with a sack in the contest while Butch Pau’u would also have 7 stops to lead the D.  Chris Wilcox would also have 5 tackles in the victory for BYU.

How California Bears & BYU Cougars Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

BYU is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 0-1

Cal is 0-0-1 ATS while the O/U is 0-1

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

BYU is on a high after their last win over the Wildcats in Tucson and would love to extend the momentum into this game against a Cal squad that pulled out a huge victory in their own right versus UNC in opening week.  While both offenses did not light it up during week 1, I would have to say that the BYU offense looked very good against Arizona.  Mangum certainly played up to expectations and led this team to the victory.  Nonetheless, they will be matchup up with a Bears team that only allowed 137 yards passing to UNC last week, which will make this game an interesting one to watch.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  BYU Cougars -3

My reason for the pick :


I happen to believe the Cougars will pull out a win at home versus Cal in week 2 simply due to the way in which their defense has stepped up early along with the play that they are getting from Mangum early.  If this continues, the Cougs could be one of the most dangerous teams in college football in 2018.  Nonetheless, back BYU in this contest, as they will take control of this game late and control the pace throughout.

Totals Selection: Pick:  Under 46.5

My reason for the prediction :


This game will be a battle of will as Cal really took control of the trenches in their last matchup while the Cougars did well also maintaining their composure while controlling the line of scrimmage as well in heir huge week 1 victory.  With that being said, each defense, in particular, will be stingy throughout this game as the Cougars look to build off their performance in what was billed as an offensive juggernaut in Arizona to lock down this offense for Cal that is struggling at the QB position.  In all, the under will indeed be the strong play for these two squads.

Betting trends for California Bears:

    • Golden Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game
    • Golden Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win
    • Golden Bears are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Betting trends for BYU Cougars:

    • Under is 5-0 in Cougars last 5 vs. Pac-12
    • Cougars are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games
    • Under is 10-1 in Cougars last 11 games following a straight up win


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