Washington U at BYU
Time: 3:30 PM CST Saturday
Spread: WAS -5
Odds c/o 5dimes
Washington is 2-1 after defeating Hawaii 52-20 in Week 3. It lost to California by a point in week 2, and it defeated Eastern Washington 47-14 in Week 1. The Huskies will travel to face BYU as 5-point favorites in Week 4, with the over/under set at 51 total points according to college football oddsmakers at 5dimes. The game will kick off at 2:30 PM CST Saturday on ABC.
Washington is ranked No. 22 going into Week 4 following its pounding of Hawaii last week. The Huskies led 38-7 at the half before allowing 13 second-half points to the Warriors. Huskies QB Jacob Eason was very good, completing 18 of 25 (72 percent) for 262 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions on the day. Three Huskies attempted eight rushing attempts, with Salvon Ahmed picking up the most yards (83) and Sean McGrew scoring one TD, while Richard Newton had three TDs despite being No. 3 in yardage with just 29 on the game.
Top receiver Hunter Bryant had five catches for 115 yards and a TD, and the Huskies also got 55 yards and a TD from Aaron Fuller. The team averaged 13.7 yards-per-reception and 6.1 yards-per-rush, having great success in picking up 450 total yards, all while limiting Hawaii to 395 yards, but forcing three interceptions at the hand of Cole McDonald, who finished with a quarterback rating of just 34.6 against Washington’s defense. The Huskies have been pleased with Eason. He has a 69.2 percent completion ratio on the season with seven TDs and just one pick. He has been sacked four times on the year.
Ahmed leads the team in rushing yardage with 246 yards on 44 attempts, while Newton leads the team in rushing touchdowns with four. Eason has rushed 12 times for just 17 yards, as not much of a rushing threat. Bryant leads all receivers with 236 yards on the season, but Fuller leads the team in receiving TDs with three.
The BYU Cougars have won two-straight over Tennessee and USC after losing its season opener badly to the Utah Utes. The non-conference Cougars now take on Washington as slight underdogs in Week 4. It will have to ramp up its defense after allowing 26.5 over the past two weeks, despite winning both contests.
Last week in its win over then-No. 24 USC, it gave up 281 passing yards and 171 rushing yards, but it did force three interceptions and three fumbles (none of which the Cougars recovered, however). Zach Wilson threw 20 of 33 for 280 yards with a TD, while the Cougars rushed for 131 yards on 40 attempts with two rushing touchdowns. Ty’Son Williams led the way with 99 yards on 19 carries, but he did not score a TD despite leading the team with 5.2 yards-per-attempt. Wilson scored one of the rushing TDs, but he had just 10 yards on nine attempts and his long-rush of 16 yards was negated by several poor losses. He also fumbled, though BYU did recover it.
Kavika Fonua was a monster defensively for BYU against USC. He had 13 tackles (9 solos) while Dayan Ghanwoloku and Payton Wilgar each contributed nine more tackles apiece. The Cougars picked up two sacks and five tackles-for-loss but will need to tighten up its defense in the red zone moving forward.
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