College Football Betting: Virginia at BYU

College Football Betting:  Virginia at BYU

Big day of college football coming up this Saturday and in this preview we’ll take a look at a non-conference game between ACC entrant Virginia and independent BYU. The Virginia Cavaliers have been treading water between ‘mediocre’ and ‘good’ for several years now and that’s put head coach Mike London on the hot seat. UVA has been a very good defensive squad during his tenure but have struggled to generate offense. The Cavaliers have averaged 318 yards and 29 PPG on offense this year which includes a game against overmatched FCS foe Richmond. Despite their offensive struggles they’re 2-1 on the year and coming off a big win over Louisville. BYU has opened the season 3-0 and are coming off a shockingly easy road victory over Texas (41-7). The Cougar defense might not be quite as fearsome as in recent years with the loss of Kyle Van Noy but they’re still pretty stout allowing just 14 PPG against a decent quality of opponent.

You hear the term ‘letdown spot’ often in sports betting and it is admittedly overused at times. This doesn’t look to be one of them–Virginia is coming off a hard fought and emotional upset of Louisville which also ended a 10 game losing streak against FCS opponents and an 11 game losing streak against ACC opponents. It was an especially significant victory on another level as the Cavs have already matched last year’s victory total. Several players were observed to be crying after the game which poignantly underscores the game’s emotion and intensity.

That’s not a good mindset for a team facing one of their toughest road tests of the year. In some ways, it might be more daunting than the Cavs’ forthcoming trip to Florida State due to the scheduling, travel and environs. Coming off one of the most emotional wins in the recent history of the program Virginia has to make a 2,000 mile trip to Provo, Utah. Once there they’ll face an underrated BYU team on their tough home field which sits roughly 4,100 feet above sea level higher than Charlottesville.

On the other hand, everything lines up just right for BYU–they’ve had 9 days off since their Thursday night game against Houston and have a bye on deck. They’ve got a big game up after that–they face Utah State right before the LDS Church General Conference. For this week, however, there are no distractions for one of best balanced BYU teams we’ve seen in years. Virginia is on a 5-11-1 ATS run and they’ll get routed by 21+ here.