BYU Cougars

Poinsettia Bowl BYU vs Wyoming Odds & Game Info

Written by on December 19, 2016

The Wyoming Cowboys (8-5) tangle with the Cougars of Brigham Young University on Wednesday in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Cougars roll into this game on a four-game winning streak, while Wyoming comes in having lost their last outing, falling in the Mountain West Conference title game to the San Diego State Aztecs. It has been six years since the two teams met on the field, and BYU eked out a 25-20 win back then. Let’s take a look at this bowl game matchup as well as the rest of the college football betting lines for bowl season.

NCAAF: Poinsettia Bowl (Wednesday, December 21) BYU vs Wyoming

When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 9:00pm ET Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA TV: ESPN Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network / Wyoming Cowboy Sports Network Live Stream: WatchESPN NCAAF Odds: BYU (-8.5), O/U 56    

Why should you bet on the Cougars?

Even though BYU will start backup Tanner Mangum at quarterback, the Cougar offense should still fire on all cylinders. He was the starter a year ago, throwing 23 touchdown passes against just ten picks. However, it is tailback Jamaal Williams who does the real damage for the BYU offense. He picked up 1,165 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in nine games, and he faces a Wyoming defense that has struggled to slow down opposing running attacks. While BYU does not feature one superstar wideout, Mangum can spread the ball around the field. BYU will also rely on the defense — they picked up 29 sacks on the season, and their rushing defense was ranked #8 in the nation  

Why should you put your money on the Cowboys?

The Cowboys rise and fall with the fortunes of quarterback Josh Allen. He threw three scores but had two picks in the team’s 27-24 setback against San Diego State in the MWC title game. For the year, he has 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, but two game in that game — and five game in their Week 2 debacle against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Tailback Brian Hill does contribute a lot of versatility on offense, as he ranked #4 in the nation in yards with 1,213, and scored 21 times. The Cougars do host a strong rushing defense, though, so Allen will have to find Tanner Gentry and the rest of his receiving corps down the field. In order to win (or even cover), the Cowboys will have to turn around a stretch in which they dropped three of four to finish the season.  

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

While both teams have offensive talent, the fact that BYU has the much stronger defense makes me lean toward them in this game. I predict a final score of BYU 30, Wyoming 16.