June 30, 2021
2021 BYU Cougars Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
The Cougars rattled off an impressive 11-win season in 2020, taking on all comers, and ending up No. 11 in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll. It was an amazing season, their best ranking to close a season since 1996, and QB Zach Wilson ended up being the No. 2 pick overall in the NFL Draft, and is now paid by the New York Jets. Head coach Kalani Sitake must also find a way to fill the huge shoes of WR Dax Milne and OT Brady Christensen.
The biggest question will be who steps up for the Cougars under center. QBs Jaren Hall and Baylor Romney are the holdovers from 2020, while newcomer QBs Jacob Conover and Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters also toss their hats into the ring. All four players took their turn with the first-team offense during spring practice, and nobody really emerged as a clear-cut winner. Offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick has his hands full picking a winner, as well as finding three new faces to fill voids on the offensive line.
RBs Tyler Allgeier and Lopini Katoa will be the horses in this offense, as the passing game finds its way. WR Gunner Romney is an experienced pass catcher who will help whomever emerges under center. TE Isaac Rex is an All-American, and will also be a huge boon to the quarterback job winner.
The BYU defense finished No. 10 in total defense last season, and No. 4 in scoring defense, but there were a lot of lay-ups on the schedule. The defense will have a lot of holes to fill, too, and the schedule is much, much stronger.
A home game against a struggling Arizona team is a good start, but the Holy War against Utah is always a tough test. A visit from Arizona State will be a huge test, too. Visits from Baylor and Boise State, as well as trips to Boise State and USC will be no bargain, and the Cougars will lose quite a bit more than they did in 2020.
Realistically, this team has the look of a team which will struggle just to qualify for a bowl. However, Sitake tends to get his teams to overachieve, and it's not a great idea to bet too much against them. The lean here is to the UNDER, however.
Preseason Best Bet: Under 6.5 Wins (-113)
2021 BYU Cougars Schedule
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BYU Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
It's going to be a hard fall from 11 wins to struggling to qualify for a bowl bid this season. Cougars fans and alumni will need to adjust expectations a bit. Making a bowl game will be a major win, but playoffs? Playoffs? Come on, now.
2020 BYU Cougars Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 BYU Cougars
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