CFB Gaming Previews

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

    WHO'S HURTIN

    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 questionable.

    Connecticut - RT Andreas Knappe (doubtful) leg.

    GAME ANALYSIS

    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.



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