BYU vs. San Diego State
Thurs., Dec. 20 — 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
San Diego – Qualcomm Stadium
The Aztecs are going bowling in their own yard as they “host” the Cougars, who were previously one of their longtime conference rivals.
San Diego State (9-3), a slight underdog at home, might need to be reminded that this is in fact a bowl game.
At least BYU (7-5) will appreciate the good weather.
These teams had three common opponents this year. They both hammered Hawai‘i and lost to San Jose State. The outcomes against Boise State were varied. The Aztecs beat the Broncos, but 14 of their points came on returns. Those are great, but aren’t offense you can really count on. The Cougars’ game on the blue turf was a defensive battle throughout, as Boise’s defense scored its only points.
We have to go with the more battle tested BYU bunch. With experience against Utah, Boise State, Utah State, Oregon State and Notre Dame under their belts the Cougars have seen and done more this year.
BYU’s defense (second against the run, third in total defense and fifth in points allowed) will keep the Aztecs out of the end zone.
The Cougars’ Christmas present to San Diego fans? How about a bunch of doughnuts on their scoreboard?
Opening point spread: BYU by 2 1/2
The pick: BYU 27-6
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