Note: If you're looking for the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl game preview, please go here:Wash. Huskies vs. BYU Cougars Pick.
Washington Huskies (0-0) at BYU Cougars (0-0) September 4, 2010 7:00 p.m. EST LaVell Edwards Stadium (64,045) Provo, Utah
By Wilson of Predictem.com
Point Spread: Huskies +3/Cougars -3
Bet the Washington/BYU game at an online sports bookie that offers reduced vigorish college football betting at -105 instead of the standard (spendier) -110! This will save you huge money over the course of the season! Find this great offer, 20 point teasers, 15 point buys on single games and more at the web's best betting site: 5Dimes.
The Washington Huskies Football Program of old use to place fear into their opponents but those days have fallen by the way side during the last decade or so. The Huskies last winning season was 2002 and their last Rose Bowl appearance was in 2001. They look to this new season with their relatively new coach, Steve Sarkisan, to improve on their late season push from last year.
UW finished with a 5-7 record last season good for 7th in the PAC 10. More importantly, the Huskies managed to turn a few heads with the way they played. For starters, the Huskies covered the spread in more than a few games and they upset USC 16-13. This year they have more returning starters including team leader QB Jake Locker. Locker threw for 2800 yards and 21 TDs last season and is a threat through the air and on the run. The rest of the offense is paced by returners WRs Jerome Kearse and Devon Auguilar along with RB Chris Polk. Washington averaged 26 points per game last season which should improve even more this year.
Washington was 7-5 ATS overall last season going 5-2 ATS at home and 2-3 ATS on the road. They were 6-6 O/U overall with 4-3 O/U at home and 2-3 O/U away. The Huskies are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
The big concern for the Huskies has been the strength of their defense. Coach Sarkisan believes his guys have been “getting after it” and he also mentioned that they are showing improved quickness. Guys to watch out for on D will likely be tackle Alameda Ta’amu, LB Mason Foster, S Nate Williams, and CB Desmond Trufant (brother of Seahawk’s Marcus Trufant).
BYU meanwhile has to fill the gap left behind center where standout QB Max Hall guided them in the past. The QB decision is still unclear as junior Nelson Riley will compete with freshman Jake Heaps who was the No. 1 2010 High School QB recruit according to sources such as scout.com. The Cougars are without their top two offensive weapons from last season in RB Harvey Unga and WR Dennis Pita. It will be interesting to see how BYU’s offense responds with some new blood at the helm.
The defense of the Cougars only gave up 110 yards per game last year and they should be in good shape to maintain close to the same numbers. In this game however it will be the SS Andrew Rich’s job to contain the Husky’s WR Kearse. Kearse could burn the Cougars if he’s not addressed.
BYU finished last season with an impressive 11-2 record and ranked 14th in the nation. The Cougars were 7-6 ATS overall last season going 2-4 ATS at home and 5-2 ATS on the road. They were 8-5 O/U going 3-3 O/U at home and 5-2 O/U away. The Cougars finished 2nd in the MWC with their only conference loss to TCU.
This game opened with BYU -7 and the O/U at 57. Most offshore casinos have the Cougars at -3 with an O/U of 57. As of this writing, if you are in Las Vegas you can get the same -3 at the Hilton, Mirage, PH, and Hard Rock Sports Books.
UW lost to these Cougars two years ago in a heartbreaker 28-27 at Husky Stadium. You can bet that QB Jake Locker will be looking for revenge in this baby!
Wilson’s Pick: The Huskies have more playmakers than BYU. UW 31, BYU 24. Luck to ya.
Be sure to check back weekly as I offer my college football picks with analysis absolutely free each week of the NCAA football season!
Editor's Picks - Each weekend our very own in-house All-American Editor makes his NCAA point spread predictions in an attempt to force fumbles, sack and intercept your bookie!
Expert Picks - Free premium college foots plays against the spread from expert handicappers from around the web from week 1 through the National Championship.
Underdog of the Week Pick - We sort through it all and find out which University is getting "too many points" this week. If there was a Heisman Trophy for picking underdogs, we'd be a frontrunner. Expect a 57%+ winning percentage with these picks as we've got a keen ear for loud barking dogs.
Favorite of the Week Pick - Giving points means we start the game down. We're not a real big fan of betting college football favorites as it's similar to trading field goals for touchdowns but stick with us as we buck the odds each week, selecting the favored team with the best chance of covering the spread.
Line Movement - NCAA football lines open early in the week and often times move up or down based on wagering activity, injuries to key players and weather. We decipher whether it's square or wiseguy action and predict the point spread winner based on value.
College Football Consensus Picks - We assess the public perception each week and let them pick the winners for us as we fade their selections which provides us with many trips into our bookies endzone.
Computer Picks - We enter them into the computer and the machine makes it's picks. This is a great guide especially when betting totals! These are available after the first few weeks of the season.
Trends - Despite what you have been told or read on tout sites, the trend ain't your friend. We however turn the tables and fade the almighty trend for what should be some great profits over time.
2013 College Football Predictions - Badger gives his picks to win each major conference. At the end, he gives his pick on who thinks will win the 2014 BCS National Championship game.
2013 Heisman Trophy Predictions - Will Johnny Football repeat? This year's list of "Heisman Hopefuls" is pretty balanced and the award is truly up for grabs. OSU Quarterback Braxton Miller is the favorite at +500 with South Carolina defensive stud JaDeveon Clowney not far behind at +700.
2014 BCS Championship Predictions - College football handicapper Jay Horne gives his picks on who he thinks will win the 2014 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship. Despite not liking to side with heavy favorites, he believes the Alabama Crimson Tide are unstoppable and has high expectations for them to cash his betting ticket at season's end!
Sportsbook - Get a free $100 bet after making an initial deposit of $100 or more! Great at getting Visa cards to work for deposits.
Bovada - Boasts the highest credit card acceptance rate on the internet! HUGE menu of wagers for you to choose from! One of few online sportsbooks to offer Texas Hold'em!
5Dimes - 15 team parlays! 20 point teasers! Reduced juice betting odds! Buy up to 15 points! Most props on the web!
GTBets - Offers a HUGE 100% sign up bonus up to $500! Cool offer allows for you to pick 2 of your favorite college football teams and move the line a full point every time you bet those teams!
Heisman Trophy Betting Odds - This article is outdated and will be updated next year for the 2013 college football season.
Odds to Win the 2014 BCS Championship - The Alabama Crimson Tide are favored to be repeat winners of the National Championship this year at +500 followed by Oregon at +800, Ohio St. +850, LSU/Texas A&M +1200 and Florida/FSU both at +1400. Check out your school's odds here!
Heisman Trophy Winners - A full list of college football quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers who have made history on the field and won the prestigious award.
Fantasy College Football - Draft a fresh team every week! Leagues range from $2 to $420! You can play head to head or in big groups! Payouts take place approx. one hour after the final Saturday game.
The Spread - Who will cover the spread? They will! Offers scores, odds, free game predictions, current news and more!