Arizona vs. BYU Opening Odds, Line: Wildcats Double-Digit Underdogs in Saturday Night’s Season Opener
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images. Pictured: Head coach Jedd Fisch of the Arizona Wildcats
Arizona vs. BYU Odds
|Date||Saturday, Sept. 4|
|Time||10:30 p.m. ET|
The Arizona Wildcats kick off their 2021 college football season against the BYU Cougars on Saturday, Sept. 4.
After a disastrous 0-5 season in 2020, the Wildcats get a date with the Cougars, who went 11-1 just one year ago.
In a Week 1 college football matchup that appears quite lopsided on paper, oddsmakers at DraftKings opened Arizona as an 11-point underdog for this game, while BetMGM was a tick higher at +11.5 for the Wildcats.
Interestingly, bettors have shown more interest in BYU thus far, evidenced by the 71% of spread tickets have landed on the Cougars as of the time of writing.
With lopsided betting action backing the road favorite, Arizona vs. BYU odds have pushed to a consensus of Cougars of -12, with some shops, like DraftKings, even up to -12.5.
Arizona bettors looking to back their Wildcats should be sure to lock in the best price available, which is currently +12.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Arizona Wildcats Betting Trends, Futures
Arizona was winless straight up in 2020 and finished the COVID-shortened campaign at 1-4 against the spread (ATS).
In fact, the Wildcats have not produced a winning season for spread bettors since 2018-19, when the team wound up with a 7-5 ATS record.
However, Arizona has been a solid performer as a double-digit underdog (like it is on Saturday against BYU).
Since the start of the 2004 college football season, the Wildcats are 22-31-1 (41.5%) ATS when underdogs of fewer than 10 points.
But once the spread the climbs to double-digits, Arizona has been profitable for bettors, posting a 23-20 (53.5%) ATS record.
Arizona is of course under new management this year — the Kevin Sumlin era is over, and Jedd Fisch takes over with former Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown manning that spot.
Fisch has jumped around a ton in the last decade, with stops as primarily a quarterbacks coach and offensive assistant with Michigan, the L.A. Rams, New England Patriots, UCLA and more.
Our Collin Wilson actually makes Arizona’s win total 4.26, higher than sportsbooks, which list it at 2.5 with the over juiced at around -120.