BYU set for second-straight win versus UMass

BYU set for second-straight win versus UMass

November 14, 2017 3:00 AM
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It is officially crunch time in college football with every game from here on in having an impact on a team’s postseason plans.

Here are this week’s selections:

Take BYU (-3.5) vs. Massachusetts: The Cougars are coming off a 31-21 victory on the road against UNLV in a game that closed as a pick’em. They have now covered against the spread in their last three games after failing to cover in their first eight. While it took BYU the first two months of the season to find its form on offense, we expect this unit to keep rolling in its final two games of the year starting this Saturday afternoon.

UMass failed to cover as 16-point home favorites in Saturday’s 44-31 victory against Division IAA Maine to fall to an even 5-5 ATS this season. This is another team that has battled back from a slow start after losing its first six games straight-up. While the Minutemen have been able to move the ball through the air, they are ranked 93rd in the nation in rushing. On the other side of the ball, this defense is tied for 92nd in points allowed (30.9).

Take Louisiana-Monroe (+35.5) vs. Auburn: ULM comes into this game as a huge underdog, but off a big 52-45 upset against Appalachian State on Nov. 4 as an eight-point underdog at home. On the year, the Warhawks are 4-5 SU with a 5-4 record ATS after covering in four of their last seven games. They still have one of the best balanced offenses in the country that is tied for 19th in scoring with an average of 37.0 points per game.

The Tigers have to be sky high following Saturday’s stunning 40-17 upset at home over Georgia as slight 2.5-point underdogs. They have now won seven of their last eight games SU while going 4-1-2 ATS in their last seven contests. They should be able to handle ULM with relative ease this Saturday, but covering a seven-touchdown spread coming off such a huge win will be a tall task against the highly inspired Warhawks.

Take 390 Colorado State (-32) vs. San Jose State: While we went against the Rams (6-5 SU, 4-7 ATS) last week and won, we still liked what we saw from this team in defeat. They continued to battle Boise State to the bitter end until coming up short in overtime. This effort should provide the necessary motivation to make short work of this week’s opponent as the superior team. Colorado State quarterback Nick Stevens has thrown for 3,174 yards and 24 touchdowns and Dalyn Dawkins leads the team in rushing with 1,211 yards on 192 carries.

It has been a long and dismal season for San Jose State at 1-10 SU with a 3-7-1 record ATS. You get the feeling the Spartans just want it to end after watching Saturday’s 59-14 loss to Nevada as 18-point underdogs on the road.

Last week: 2-1

Season: 18-14-1