Vegas oddsmakers released College Football 2020 Game of the Year Odds and BYU is included in five of those. Although BYU is an underdog in 3 of 5 of the games, Vegas sees close games in those matchups.
Below are the betting lines for the five games; note that “+” means BYU is an underdog and “-” means favorite.
BYU (+5.5) at Utah - September 3
Any surprise that BYU is an underdog? Utah loses a lot of talent from last year’s team, but they have recruited/developed talent well over the years and bring in talented grad transfer QB Jake Brantley from South Carolina.
BYU (+3.5) at Arizona State - September 19
Home field advantage is typically worth between 2-4 points, so Vegas would see them as virtually as a toss up on a neutral field. The Sun Devils lose a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver from a 8-5 team, but bring back QB Jayden Daniels who threw for nearly 3,000 yards as true freshman.
BYU (PK) at Boise State - November 6
The Broncos finished 12-2 last year, but BYU handed BSU one of those losses in Provo and they were blown out by Washington in the Vegas bowl. Boise State lost some talented players to the NFL but is expected to be the class of the MWC once again. Vegas sees a toss up in this game.
BYU (-10) vs San Diego State - November 14
BYU lost a disappointing low-scoring game to the Aztecs in San Diego, but Vegas is setting a double-digit line in favor of BYU. The Aztecs lost head coach Rocky Long and many of their top pieces from a nationally ranked defense.
BYU (+2.5) at Stanford - November 28
Much like the ASU game, Vegas would see this as a toss up on a neutral field. Stanford finished with a disappointing 4-8 record in 2019 and was decimated by transfers leaving the program this offseason. Stanford is playing rival Cal the week before, so they could be in for a let down in this spot.