Boise State Broncos vs. BYU Cougars
Date and Time: Friday, October 6, 2017, 10:15 p.m. ET
Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Opening College Football Odds: Boise State -7
Boise State vs. BYU TV Coverage: ESPN
We're really not sure what to make of BYU at this point. The team was horribly disappointing once again versus Utah State last week, losing 40-24.
We always knew that this team was going to struggle offensively with Tanner Mangum out of the fold, but to give up 40 points in back-to-back games against Wisconsin and Utah State is embarrassing, and there's no reason for it. This is an awfully talented defense by the standards of a de facto mid-major team, but it's simply not showing at this point.
The Cougars come into this game allowing 381.6 yards and 26.4 points per game. In a vacuum, that isn't all that bad, but when you've got an offense that is averaging just 4.4 points per game in the second half this year, you can't give up stats like that.
Boise State badly needed a week off after getting embarrassed by Virginia two weeks ago on national television. The Broncos were 13.5-point favorites and were crushed 42-23 in that game, and that once again has opened up an ongoing quarterback discussion.
We just can't imagine that Brett Rypien is going to be keeping his job through this. Rypien has been getting pushed all year long by Kansas transfer Montell Cozart. Cozart probably isn't the more talented of the two pivots, but he is averaging 7.1 yards per pass attempt and 5.3 yards per carry, numbers that are just flat out better than what Rypien is bringing to the table.
Quote To Note
"There's gonna be some changes. What they are, I don't know yet. But we need to fix the consistency of our entire time in all three phases. It can't just be about one side." – Boise State coach Bryan Harsin after the team suffered its worst home loss since 2001 against UVA
The Broncos have to get something going here in a hurry. Since their collapse against Washington State, they've had some real problems on their hands. Rypien stinks, his offensive line hasn't been good, and the defense has been suspect.
But the stat that really gets us about the Broncos is that they're only averaging 1.8 points per game in the third quarter this year. This is a team that always came out of the blocks in the second half on fire during the heyday. Harsin not only has to do some shaking up on the field, but perhaps in the locker room as well to try to get this team responding to him at crucial moments.
Boise State vs. BYU Free Picks
This might be the toughest game on the board to try to handicap. It's a late-night affair and a game that is going to garner a lot of action, much of which is probably going to be on Boise State at all of the best NCAA football sportsbooks.
Koy Detmer Jr. was a disgrace in his first appearance under center for his Cougars. He threw three picks and was a part of the seven-turnover problem against Utah State. But maybe he's set to bring something different to the table now that this is apparently his team for the time being with both Mangum and Beau Hoge down. He isn't going to do a worse job than those two have thus far this year, and sometimes, that spark is all you need to get something going.
If the Cougars can wake up from their defensive doldrums, we might find out that this is a winnable game.
College Football ATS Pick: BYU +7 at BookMaker.eu
College Football Score Prediction: BYU 23, Boise State 20