San Diego State at BYU: 12/12/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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BYU Cougars (9-1) vs San Diego State Aztecs (4-3)
Game Info: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm (LaVell Edwards Stadium)
Betting Odds: BYU Cougars -15.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The San Diego State Aztecs will travel to LaVell Edwards Stadium to take on the 13th ranked BYU Cougars this Saturday night in College Football action.
The San Diego State Aztecs improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the Colorado State Rams, 29-17, this past Saturday. San Diego State was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half against the Rams and was able to pull away for the victory after going into halftime with a 23-17 lead. San Diego State was outgained by Colorado State by a 265-247 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Aztecs was QB Jordon Brookshire who completed 14 of 24 passes for 130 yards & 1 TD while also adding 38 rushing yards.
On the season, San Diego State is averaging 26.1 ppg on 343.9 total yards per game (140.1 passing yds/g; 203.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, San Diego State has been led by the trio of Greg Bell (96 att, 569 yards, 6 TD), Chance Bell (55 att, 272 yards, 3 TD), and Jordan Byrd (33 att, 222 yards, 2 TD). QB Carson Baker has completed 56.7% from the field for 617 yards, 3 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for the Aztecs have been Jesse Matthews (19 rec, 275 yards, TD), Daniel Bellinger (17 rec, 182 yards), and Kobe Smith (13 rec, 122 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, San Diego State is holding their opponents to an average of 16.3 ppg on 269.1 total yards per game (168.4 passing yds/g; 100.7 rushing yds/g).
The 13th ranked BYU Cougars dropped to 9-1 on the season after being defeated by the 18th ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 22-17, this past Saturday. In one of the more exciting games of the season, the Chanticleers defense came up big late, stopping the BYU on the 1-yard line on the final play of the game. BYU outgained Coastal Carolina by a 405-366 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was RB Tyler Allgeier who had 106 rushing yards & 1 TD on 13 carries.
On the season, BYU is averaging 44.5 ppg on 522.7 total yards per game (324.1 passing yds/g; 198.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, BYU has been led by QB Zach Wilson who has completed 73.0% of his passes for 2,964 yards, 27 TD, & 3 INT. Wilson has also added 246 rushing yards & 8 TD’s on 61 carries. The top receiving threats for the Cougars have been Dax Milne (55 rec, 1,012 yards, 7 TD), Gunner Romney (38 rec, 755 yards, 2 TD), Neil Pau’u (32 rec, 419 yards, 3 TD), and Isaac Rex (27 rec, 286 yards, 8 TD). Leading the way for the BYU backfield has been Tyler Allgeier who has 957 rushing yards & 12 TD on 131 carries.
Defensively, BYU is holding their opponents to an average of 14.7 ppg on 300.6 total yards per game (192.3 passing yds/g; 108.3 rushing yds/g).
The Aztecs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cougars are 6-0 ATS in their last 56 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games vs. Mountain West opponents.
BYU has to be disappointed that they could not keep their undefeated season alive after losing to Coastal Carolina, however, this is still a very good football team that can get it down on both ends of the field. San Diego State has a decent defense, however, between the fact that I’m concerned that the Aztecs offense won’t have much success and that I think Zach Wilson will be able to generate some TD’s, I’m taking BYU to bounce back and cover this double-digit spread at home. Good Luck.