College Football Odds & Pick for BYU vs. Arizona: Model Projections Favor Wildcats in Vegas (September 4)

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  • Arizona looks to get Jedd Fisch's tenure as head coach going with a win over BYU.
  • The Wildcats ended the Kevin Sumlin era last season and face an established Cougars program.
  • Michael Walton breaks down where there appears to be a clear betting edge on Saturday night.

BYU vs. Arizona Odds

BYU Odds -12.5
Arizona Odds +12.5
Over/Under 54
Date Saturday, Sept. 4
Time 10:30 p.m. ET
TV ESPN

The Arizona Wildcats take on the BYU Cougars on Saturday night in the Vegas Kickoff Classic. Arizona and new head coach Jedd Fisch will be looking to hit the ground running — both figuratively and literally — with a squad that has truly struggled to acquire any modicum of success in recent years.

Arizona will be using a two-QB system, relying on both “starter” and former Washington State QB Gunner Cruz, and “backup” Will Plummer to power the Wildcats’ offense against BYU.

Cruz doesn’t have much experience and Plummer finished 2020 with 388 yards and three interceptions in limited playing time. Neither of the Wildcats’ QBs inspire a ton of confidence and two-QB systems can oftentimes be underwhelming at worst and only a “slightly-worth-it” change of pace at best.

There have been reports that Fisch will stick with the hot hand if such a situation occurs, so there is a real opportunity for the Wildcats to get in a solid offensive rhythm.

BYU is a strong squad that has some serious skill on both sides of the ball. Dominant QB Zach Wilson is, of course, off to the NFL to try to revive the New York Jets franchise but BYU running back Tyler Allgeier—he of the 1,130 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2020—returns.

The Cougars also possessed a dominant defense in 2020, with BYU allowing only 15.3 points per game. They have a solid number of veteran defensive linemen and linebackers returning but could have a bit of a “musical chairs” situation with a less impressive secondary.

BYU vs. Arizona Pick

Sharp Action

The line for BYU vs. Arizona opened up at Arizona +9.5. The line hit a high of +13.5 before settling at a consensus of -12.5 as tracked by a whopping 12 Action Labs Bet Signals.

Model Projections

The Action Network’s NCAAF power ratings make the spread Arizona +7.2.

Top Experts

One of The Action Network’s top NCAAF experts is betting on the Arizona Wildcats.

PRO Report Pick: Arizona +12.5 (-110)

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