BYU Cougars vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: College Football Week 9 Betting Odds and Predictions
BYU Cougars at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Saturday, 10/27/12, 3:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN3
Opening Point Spread: Georgia Tech -2
Current Betting Line: Georgia Tech -2.5
Opening Total: 50.5
Current Total: 50.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
BYU will look to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday, which includes a 17-14 setback to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 11.5-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the total for the fourth time in five games. The Cougars are 2-8 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, which includes an 0-4 mark under Bronco Mendenhall’s direction. There’s no doubt that the game comes down to the team’s eighth-rated rush defense against a unit that is third offensively in that category. BYU is 6-2 ATS as a road underdog the last two-plus years.
The Cougars will need to dominate on the defensive end in order to pull off a slight upset in this affair, as the unit ranks fourth in the country in total defense, allowing just 276.9 yards per game. BYU has done a great job of limiting opponents in the red zone, allowing points on 11 of 20 attempts.
Georgia Tech was able to snap a three-game losing streak by capturing a 37-17 win over the Boston College Eagles as 14-point home favorites last week, while going UNDER the total for the first time since Sept. 3. The Yellow Jackets rolled up 563 yards of offense against the Eagles, while holding the ball for nearly 44 minutes. Offensively, the team has rushed for more yards than any team nationally since the 2008 season. Quarterback Tevin Washington pilots the attack, entering with 33 career rushing touchdowns. Georgia Tech is 4-7 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56 over the last two-plus seasons.
The Yellow Jackets have a lot of playmakers in the running game, but Orwin Smith certainly stands out, racking up 805 all-purpose yards this season. His career average of 9.9 yards per carry is the highest by an active player with 100-plus carries. Georgia Tech has outscored opponents by a 39-point margin off turnovers this year, which could play a critical role in the outcome of this contest. After no takeaways in the season opener, the team has forced 13 over the last six games.
Sports bettors will likely back the Yellow Jackets due to their 8-4 ATS mark as a home favorite, while the Cougars are 0-4 ATS versus ACC opponents.
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