Poinsettia Bowl: BYU and Wyoming Square Off in San Diego
Bowl Game is Traditionally Good Game
The 2016 San Diego Community Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl pits the BYU Cougars against the Wyoming Cowboys. They square off on Wednesday at Qualcomm Stadium. If the Poinsettia Bowl’s history means anything, this game will come down to the last few minutes.
Oddsmakers currently have the Cougars listed as 10-point favorites versus the Cowboys, while the game’s total is sitting at 57.
Wyoming was a 27-24 loser in their most recent outing at home against San Diego State Aztecs. They covered the +7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (51) made winners of UNDER bettors. Wyoming is playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2011 and has a revitalized program under third-year coach Craig Bohl. Sophomore quarterback Josh Allen passed for 2,996 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was intercepted 13 times. But the player who makes the offense go is junior running back Brian Hill.
Hill ranks fourth in the nation with 1,767 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns. Hill could be playing in his final game for the school. He is considering going to the NFL, but won’t make a decision until after the bowl game.
BYU won its last outing, a 28-10 result against Utah State Aggies on November 26. BYU covered in that game as a -17-point favorite, while the 38 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Tanner Mangum is just starting his campaign as the BYU quarterback. The sophomore is back after senior Taysom Hill was lost with a left elbow injury in the regular-season finale. Mangum passed for 3,337 yards and 23 touchdowns — both school records for a freshman. This happened after another injury to starter Taysom Hill last year.
Stats and Matchups
Team record: 8-4 SU,9-3 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Brigham Young is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Brigham Young is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Brigham Young’s last 7 games
Team record: 8-5 SU,9-4 ATS
Wyoming is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Wyoming is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wyoming’s last 5 games
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