The BYU Cougars wouldn’t be just a field goal away from a healthy Utah Utes team, but the spread has BYU getting 2 or 2.5 points depending where you look. That’s because the No. 20-ranked (AP) Utes come into the Las Vegas Bowl without the much-needed services of running back Devontae Booker who averaged 4.7 yards a carry and scored 11 TDs for Utah (9-3) before needing knee surgery. The Utes arrive in Vegas having two losses in their last three games.
BYU also boasts a 9-3 record and the Cougars can really put points on the board. They scored 103 points in their last two games, both victories. Some weeks they outscore the basketball team. The ties between the teams run deep. Utah is coached by former BYU linebacker Kyle Whittingham, who is rumored to be a candidate for the BYU head coaching job. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall is headed to the University of Virginia, but he’ll still coach in the Las Vegas Bowl. BYU looks poised for an upset.
— BYU Football (@BYUfootball) December 10, 2015