NCAA Football Betting: Georgia Tech at BYU

NCAA Football Betting:  Georgia Tech at BYU

ACC entrant Georgia Tech makes a long trip to Provo, Utah this Saturday to take on Brigham Young University. BYU is off of an impressive win over Middle Tennessee State last week to improve to 3-2 on the season. Georgia Tech lost at Miami 45-30 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score would suggest. The Yellow Jackets are also 3-2 on the year and are trying to avoid a three game losing streak–they lost to Virginia Tech before the Miami loss–and are in a very tough setting to do so.

Georgia Tech is one dimensional offense by design and their rush oriented offense attack is a tough matchup for many teams. Miami had trouble with it early in the game as Tech shot out to a 17-7 advantage before the Hurricanes came roaring back and went on to rout the Yellow Jackets. This game was a very important challenge for Georgia Tech–and a game they thought they could win–but after that strong start they couldn’t have played worse. For that reason they could be in something of a ‘letdown mode’ and that’s a dangerous mindset to take on the long trip to Provo. Lavell Edwards Stadium is a tough place to play in any situation and the 4,600 feet above sea level altitude sure won’t help things.

BYU’s offense has sputtered at times this season but we’re looking for them to be very productive for the rest of the year. They had little trouble with a decent Utah State team last week and definitely were glad to have a couple of big playmakers–running back Jamaal Williams and wide receiver Cody Hoffman–back in the lineup. BYU has a solid overall defense and an effective rushing defense. They know that Georgia Tech won’t be able to beat them through the air and the Cougars defended the Yellow Jacket option very well when these teams met in Atlanta. BYU won 41-17 as +1′ point road underdogs and we don’t see any reason they can’t do the same thing this year in the thin air of Utah. The Jackets’ defense is nothing special and the multifaceted BYU attack led by underrated quarterback Taysom Hill should have little problem moving the ball and putting points on the board.