The No. 19 BYU Cougars dropped from the top 10 after a home loss to the Boise State Broncos ended their give-game winning streak to start the 2021 season. They will head on the road as underdogs against the Baylor Bears, which are off to a 5-1 start in Year 2 under Dave Aranda.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
BYU: 43 overall, 31 offense, 54 defense
Baylor: 23 overall, 53 offense, 15 defense
DB Keenan Ellis - Questionable (neck)
TE Masen Wake - Questionable (undisclosed)
OL James Empey - Questionable (undisclosed)
QB Baylor Romney - Questionable (head)
OL Harris LaChance - Questionable (undisclosed)
DB Jaques Wilson - Questionable (undisclosed)
CB Kalon Barnes - Questionable (leg)
Against The Spread
BYU: 3-3 ATS
Baylor: 4-2 ATS
BYU: Over 1-5
Baylor: Over 4-2
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
BYU: 93 overall, 86 offense, 94 defense
Baylor: 36 overall, 27 offense, 53 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Baylor -5
Moneyline: Baylor -225, BYU +185
Opening line: Baylor -5
Opening total: 47.5
Both programs rank relatively even in many of the major team statistical categories on both sides of the ball, though the Bears land slightly higher in many of them. With how close the numbers are, we’re going to take the points even though BYU is on the road and we’re not getting a full touchdown. The Cougars turned the ball over four times in their loss to Boise State including three lost fumbles, which is somewhat based on luck. Look for BYU to be ready coming off a loss and cover the 6.5 points as the road dog.
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