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Fight Hunger Bowl ATS Pick: BYU Cougars vs. Washington Huskies

9:30 PM EST Friday December 27, 2013, ESPN

The BYU Cougars face the Washington Huskies in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

In their last games of the season BYU beat Nevada 28-23 on the road as a 15.5 point favorite. Washington beat Washington State 27-17 at home but failed to cover the 17.5 points they were favored by.

Three of the four loses suffered by the Huskies were to ranked teams Stanford No. 5, Oregon No. 10 and Arizona State No. 16. Their latest was to unranked UCLA who’s midseason injury woes kept them out of the top 25.

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These are 2 of the better rushing teams in the nation with BYU ranking 10th and Washington ranking 14th.

Huskies’ RB Bishop Sankey is 3rd in the nation with a school-record 1,775 yards on the season.

BTU features a couple of 1,000+ yard rushers in QB Taysom Hill (1,211 yards) and RB Jamaal Williams (1,202 yards).

Both teams also have solid passing attacks, but the strength of each team is running the ball. Run defense will be key in this game and both teams are pretty even in that department with BYU ranking 55th and Washington ranking 58th.

BYU lost 2 of their last 3 games of the season, but won their season finale and Washington won 4 of their last 5 games including their last 2.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Washington -3
Over/Under Total Line: 60
Moneyline: BYU +130 / Washington -150

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

BYU Cougars: 8-4 SU 5-6-1 ATS
Washington Huskies: 8-4 SU 6-6 ATS
Key Betting Trends

  • BYU is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
  • BYU is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • BYU has an Under record of 0-7 in their last 27 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • WASH is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
  • WASH is 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
  • WASH has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.

Sagarin Power Rankings

BYU Cougars: 79.20
Washington Huskies: 87.64

Key Player Injuries

BYU

[LB] 12/21/2013 – Spencer Hadley Ques Friday (Knee)
[WR] 12/21/2013 – Brett Thompson Ques Friday (Quadricep)
[TE] 12/21/2013 – Devin Mahina Ques Friday (Groin)
[WR] 11/19/2013 – Eric Thornton out for season (Undisclosed)
[DB] 09/05/2013 – Sam Lee out indefinitely (Back)
[DB] 08/17/2013 – Trent Trammell out for season (Knee)
[DL] 08/15/2013 – Tuni Kanuch out for season (Pectoral)
[DB] 08/13/2013 – Jordan Johnson out for season (Knee)

WASHINGTON

[DB] 12/21/2013 – Taz Stevenson Ques Friday (Arm)
[DB] 12/21/2013 – Patrick Enewally Ques Friday (Hand)
[K] 12/21/2013 – Cameron Van Winkle Ques Friday (Back)
[WR] 12/12/2013 – Kasen Williams out for season (Foot)

Against the Spread Pick

The Cougars had a great year and we had a lot of success backing them in key spots. This isn’t one of them. Washington only losses were to teams that would be touchdown or greater favorites against BYU. Yes that includes UCLA.
The Huskies outplayed Stanford albeit not on the scoreboard, but even the most bias BYU capper would have the Cougars as a double digit underdog to.
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