College football predictions: How will the BYU, Utah games play?

Wyoming will try to stick to a BYU town Saturday night in Provo. But is it a big enough club?

Beating the Cougars in Provo, Laramie, Las Vegas or Mars would make the season for the Cowboys and respected veteran coach Craig Pohl.

Bohl knows exactly how much Wyoming fans despise the Cougars and knows what it means to win the Commonwealth Cowboy in the middle of the Rocky Mountains.

Bohl is a defensive minded trainer and must have seen a movie about the Oregon game where you go after the Cougars liners and physically push them. Wyoming may not have the same individuals in the trenches as Oregon, but Pohl has big bodies, are fairly good athletes, and will have them dread getting a BYU in the line of scrimmage.

The big question is, can his young team tackle the Cougars at BYU Stadium?

Pohl’s roots with physical play are deep and rich after jobs in Nebraska as a defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, three FCS titles in North Dakota with stops in Tulsa, Wisconsin, Rice and Duke.

He’s an expert in making his teams up for the moments that matter. It would be an honor to have Pohl do his work at Laville Edwards. It is a class action in a rivalry that has historically had many rough sides.

“It’s a legendary rivalry,” Isaac Rex said at BYU this week. “I know back in the WAC and Mountain West days, Wyoming has always been a key match for us. They are going to be strong, they are going to be brave, and Wyoming is a good team, so we have to be really prepared.”

Look for BYU to mess around with a late running game against Wyoming. Cougars should get a better boost to their racing backs and these ball carriers have been challenged to be more efficient at gaining yards. Anything less than 135 on Saturday will be an F.

But this game will win the BYU pass game because offensive coordinator Aaron Rodrik has the weapons. If Puka Nacua can play, it’s icing on the cake. BYU’s offensive line has struggled with blocking it, but it’s just the opposite with scroll protection. The design and implementation of Darrell Funk’s pass pro is fantastic and will set QB Jaren Hall for some big plays.

Utah in Arizona

The Pac-12 opener for Utah in Arizona is a post-Herm Edwards affair that bears all the signs of Utah’s big win.

Look for the crime of Utah to cut the demons of the sun. Cam Rising You’ll get a big game and put in some numbers. Utah’s defense is good enough to cause a lot of trouble at ASU. An easy road win for Utah to reach 1-0 in the league game and start the real season defending their title.

UNLV in Utah

This game is omission although some odds makers prefer UNLV to win at Logan by 3 points. The Aggies faced some challenges early this season and have yet to fully recover from the loss to Alabama and the subsequent setback at the hands of Weber State at Maverick Stadium.

This game will determine who gets the most sales. Blake Anderson really needs that win to get things going in the Mountain West game. The defending champion and formerly ranked Aggie cannot leave that momentum from 2021 away.


predictions

Washington 34, Stanford 17

Clemson 28, Wake Forest 21

Baylor 28, Iowa 24

Louisville 31, South Florida 14

UCLA 24, Colorado 21

Tennessee 27, Florida 24

Texas 38, Texas Tech 28

North Carolina 24, Notre Dame 21

Oregon 42, Washington State 21

California 21, Arizona 19

Arkansas 27, Texas A&M 24

UNLV 17, Utah 14

Oklahoma 38, Kansas State 28

Southern Cal 37, Oregon 28

Utah 41, Arizona 17

BYU 38, Wyoming 21

Last week 11-3: Total 29-10 (.743).

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