By Jeff Frank, Sports Analyst
2014 Regular Season Record: 1-0; Percentage: 100%
Friday, August 29, 2014
BYU (0-0) AT CONNECTICUT (0-0), 7:00 PM (ET)
JUST THE FACTS
Stadium - Rentschler Field
Capacity - (40,000)
Surface - Grass
Series Record - First meeting
Series Streak - First meeting
Last Meeting - First meeting
Television - ESPN
TRENDS, HISTORY AND HINTS
BYU - 0-4 ATS L4
BYU - 0-3 ATS L3 on road
BYU - 1-3 ATS L4 as favorites
BYU - 5-0 to the under L5
Connecticut - 3-0 ATS L3
Connecticut - 3-0 ATS L3 at home
Connecticut - 3-0 ATS L3 as underdogs
Connecticut - 3-2 to the under L5
BYU - RB Jamaal Williams (suspension), TE Brett Thompson (eye), and WRs Devon
Blackmon (suspension) and Nick Kurtz (foot) are out. LB Alani Fua (hip) is
Connecticut - RT Andreas Knappe (doubtful) leg.
BYU should have its best season since 2009 when it won 11 games. However,
beating Connecticut by a good number of points in the opener might not be as
easy as expected.
The Cougars will be without star running back Jamaal Williams as well as two
new wide receivers (Devon Blackmon and Nick Kurtz, who were expected to start.
Connecticut's defense was surprisingly poor last season but that will turn
around in Bob Diaco's first season as head coach. Offensively, the Huskies
came alive at the end of 2013 scoring a combined 101 points against Memphis,
Rutgers and Temple. However, they will have issues reaching the end zone with
a shaky offensive line against a very good BYU defense.
The Cougars have not played well in their first road game of late, losing at
Virginia last season, at Utah in 2012, defeating Ole Miss by a single point in
2011, and getting whipped at Air Force by 21 in 2010. Overall, they are 0-4
against the spread in those four contests. On the other hand, Connecticut is
an amazing 19-3 as a home underdog over the last nine years.
SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take Connecticut plus 16.5 points and under 50.5.