College Football Pick BYU at Utah State 10-1-10

September 29, 2010


Birgham Young (1-3) at Utah State (1-3)

Friday, October 1st, 8:00 PM EST

Line: Birgham Young (BYU) -5

Both teams come into this in-state matchup looking to spark some confidence for their respective schedules. BYU are the favorites in this game thanks to the recent explosive play from their versitle junior running back JJ Di Luigi. Utah State has had some struggles of their own, suffering a 41-7 loss to San Diego State last week. Utah will hope to cling on to their improved running game to frustrate BYU’s 86th ranked defense, who have allowed 28.3 points in their first four games. Utah State owns the better quaterback behind Diondre Borel, an experienced senior who’s also very elusive outside the pocket. Both Borel and running back, Derrvin Speight must put point on the board early because Utah State has had a worse year on the defensive side of the ball.
Keys to the Games

* BYU is favored to win because of their better defense, which could fluster Utah State’s quarterback, Borel to throw some interceptions. The team does struggle to find leadership though, behind their new quarterback, Jake Heaps. The freshmen has recently been given the keys to BYU’s offense, something that was fueld by his impressive play against Jake Locker and the Washington Huskies. That night, Heaps went 13/23 for 131 yards as BYU won 17-23.

* It’s extremely crucial for Utah State to put the clamps on JJ Di Luigi. The running back leads BYU’s offense in both carries (53) and receptions (18) and three total touchdowns. BYU has been looking to find some heat from somewhere else in this offense but no one has significantly stepped up to push the load. Luigi had an efficient outing in their last game, running in the team’s only touchdown and catching eight receptions for 56 yards, while BYU struggled to keep up with Nevada’s hot offense.

* Utah State has a better offensive and leadership core with their quarterback and two stud running backs. Utah State has relied on Derrvin Speight (54 car, 221 yds, 2 TD) and, the senior Michael Smith (24 car, 153 yds, 2 TD) to pound the ball down the field. The three become a triple threat to stop for BYU, as Borel has also had a solid season passing the ball this year with 832 yards and four touchdowns.

BYU has the defense to slow down Utah State, but the better question is whether they can keep a respective lead. They have also yet to prove they score the football, as the team hasn’t scored past 17 points in their first four games. Utah State are potentially facing a 1-4 record after this one, unless their young quarterback finds success in the endzone, it’s slightly important to note Heap’s 229 passing yards in their last game also. BYU will find rhythm in this game by scoring a pair of touchdowns and relying on their defense to defeat Utah State.

Free NCAA Football Pick: Birgham Young (BYU) -5

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