The No. 15 BYU Cougars get an afternoon kickoff on ESPN2.
The Cougars, 3-0 by a total score of 148-24, look to keep rolling against the UTSA Roadrunners (3-1) with ever-increasing betting lines resulting from consecutive weeks of beating up on G5 fodder.
The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT Saturday from LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Let’s take a look at what oddsmakers and computer predictions have to say about the matchup.
(This is, of course, for entertainment purposes only. While we don’t encourage gambling, referencing predictions from the people who make money on them can be fun!)
LINES AND ODDS
BYU is favored by 34.5 by most books in what has to be one of the largest lines for BYU in memory. The over-under is 63.
Vegas lines and odds aren’t necessarily meant to predict, but to entice betting. However, combining the line and the over/under usually ends up close to some computer models.
Combining the line and the over/under, the betting combo has BYU winning about 49-14.
Some computer rankings are designed to provide a built-in predictive element by comparing the ratings of two teams.
The most famous of computer ratings is Jeff Sagarin’s for USA Today, previously used in the BCS computer rankings, but I’ve gathered a couple others from around the web as well.
Despite the lack of games or schedules in some parts of the country, Sagarin has a 2020 preseason ranking up.