BYU doesn’t kick off the 2018 season for another 4.5 months or so, but the Cougars are already double-digit underdogs to Arizona in the season opener.
5 Dimes is a site that traditionally releases early season betting lines, and they have BYU as an 11-point underdog on the road to Arizona; 5 Dimes typically is right in line with the Vegas betting lines.
BYU initially opened as a 7.5 point underdog when the line opened in January, but the public has since bet heavy on the Wildcats, which has forced the line to move up.
The last time BYU was as a double-digit underdog in a season opener was when Oklahoma was favored by 22 points in their 2009 matchup. If memory serves correctly, that one turned out pretty good.
In addition to being on the road, BYU will be facing one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the country in Khalil Tate. Despite not starting the Wildcats first 5 games, Tate finished the season with 1,591 yards for 14 TD’s and 9 picks, and ran for another 1,411 yards and 12 TD’s.
Arizona loses head coach Rich Rodriguez, but Tate shouldn’t skip a beat in Kevin Sumlin’s up-tempo spread attack.
BYU faces its toughest opponents on the road in 2018, as they will likely be 20+ point underdogs to top 10 teams Washington and Wisconsin and could be a double-digit underdog on the road to potential preseason top 25 team Boise State.
BYU plays at Arizona Saturday, September 1.