The BYU Cougars (2-1) host the #22 overall Washington Huskies (2-1) in Provo on Saturday in Week 4 college football action. Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 21st at LaVell Edwards Stadium and the game will be televised nationally on ABC.
Taking a look at the Week 4 college football odds, Washington opened as a 6.5-point road favorite earlier this week. That line has shifted by a full point after early betting, as the Huskies are currently listed at -5.5. The total for the game is sitting at 48.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: BYU vs Washington
Washington got back above the .500 mark last weekend, beating Hawaii at home 52-20 to move to 2-1 on the season overall. The Huskies offense came out flying in the first half, scoring 38 points before stalling a little bit in the third quarter. However, Washington scored 14 unanswered points in the final fifteen minutes to lock up the victory. QB Jacob Eason played quite well, going 18/25 for 262 yards and three touchdowns. The duo of Salvon Ahmed and Sean McGrew turned in a big performance on the ground, combining for 146 yards and a touchdown on only 16 carries. WR Hunter Bryant also had an impressive showing, catching five passes for 115 yards and finding the end zone once. As a whole, the offense racked up over 450 total yards and scored seven touchdowns.
The Huskies defense was pretty solid in Week 3, although they did have a little bit of a lapse in the third quarter when the game was already pretty much out of reach. Washington was fantastic defending against the pass, forcing three interceptions and only allowing a single touchdown through the air.
BYU won their second consecutive game last weekend, stunning USC 30-27 in overtime. Cougars QB Zach Wilson was clutch down the stretch, going 20/33 for 280 passing yards and one touchdown. Wilson also found the end zone on the ground despite averaging just 1.1 yard per carry. Dayan Lake also scored a rushing touchdown while WR Daz Milne caught just passes for 36 yards and a score. Overall, BYU gained more than 400 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns against a tough USC defense.
The Cougars defense did enough to hold on for the victory, allowing the Trojans to gain over 450 yards of total offense and score three touchdowns. However, BYU also recorded three interceptions, which ended up being a huge factor in forcing overtime and eventually winning by just a single field goal.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Washington -5.5
BYU deserves a ton of credit for two straight impressive showings after a disheartening 30-12 loss to state-rival Utah in Week 1. The Cougars looked especially impressive in Week 3, as they hung tough against USC all game despite being 4.5 point underdogs before pulling off the upset in overtime. On the other side, Washington has looked quite strong aside from a shocking 20-19 loss at home to Cal back in Week 2. While it may come back to burn me for a second straight week, I think I’m going to bet against BYU being able to cover a small spread playing at home against a Pac-12 opponent. The Huskies are certainly a better team defensively than USC, which should cause some problems for Zach Wilson and the rest of the Cougars offense. They also should be able to keep their momentum on offense going after scoring 50+ against the Rainbow Warriors last Saturday night.
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Washington has now scored at least 47 points in two out of their three games this season, which certainly doesn’t bode well for a BYU squad that is averaging around 23.6 points per game. The Huskies have a very strong defense which is much more similar to a tough Utah roster than it is to either Tennessee or USC. The Cougars have had a nice little run over the last two weeks, but I think this matchup will play out in a similar fashion to how their loss against the Utes to start the year did. It is also worth noting that the Huskies are 5-1 ATS over their last six games overall and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight meetings against BYU. As long as this spread stays under six points, I like Washington to grind out a tough cover on the road here in Week 4.