College football's bowl season begins Saturday with five games, anchored by a compelling “Holy War” Las Vegas Bowl matchup between the Brigham Young Cougars and the No. 22 Utah Utes. Kick-off from Sam Boyd Stadium is at 3:30 PM ET, with Utah favored by three points as we go to press. That line has held steady since the open back on December 8.
The Cougars (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS) will be playing their last game under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who took the top job at Virginia two weeks ago. They'll be trying to snap a four-game losing streak against Utah (9-3 SU, 5-7 ATS); the Utes have covered each of the last three meetings for coach Kyle Whittingham, a BYU alumnus who, legend has it, swore never to lose again to his alma mater.
That could be a tough task this Saturday. Utah is playing without running back Devontae Booker (4.7 yards per carry, 37 catches), who was lost for the year to a torn meniscus in Week 11. The Utes' offense has been sluggish ever since, splitting a pair of games straight up at 0-2 ATS with both games going under the posted total.
NCAAF : Holy War Resumes at Las Vegas Bowl
Saturday is the first day of the 2015 college football bowl season, featuring a “Holy War” matchup at the Las Vegas Bowl (3:30 PM ET) between the Brigham Young Cougars and the No. 22 Utah Utes. Utah has been a 3-point favorite since the lines opened December 8.
The Utes are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in their past four meetings with BYU, but they'll find Saturday's game more difficult without star running back Devontae Booker (4.7 yards per carry, 37 catches), who tore his meniscus in Week 11. Utah is 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS since Booker's injury.