BYU kicks off its season in just over 3 months, and lines are starting to come in for week one college football games. Off-shore sports books have put various lines up over the past month, but Vegas has BYU as an early 14-point road underdog to Arizona.
With BYU coming off a historically bad season and Arizona returning one of the most electrifying QB’s in the country (along with a bunch of returning starters), it shouldn’t be too big of a shock that BYU is such a big underdog.
Despite not starting the Wildcats first 5 games, Arizona QB Khalil 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 and the Wildcat offense 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.
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, so BYU does have some good history to lean on.
Hopefully BYU uses the big spread as motivation to come out and shock everyone in the first game of Jeff Grimes’ new offense.
BYU plays at Arizona Saturday, September 1.