Friday's NCAAF action: What bettors need to know
BYU Cougars at Utah State Aggies (-6, 57.5)
The Brigham Young Cougars boast one of the most robust rushing games in the NCAA - but they'll face a significant test Friday night as they visit the Utah State Aggies at Romney Stadium. Utah State is allowing an average of 17 points per game - good for 23rd in the nation - and has surrendered fewer than 127 rushing yards per game through its first five contests. The Aggies will have to deal with a dual threat in the BYU backfield, with quarterback Taysom Hill fifth in the country at 141.3 rushing yards per game and running back Jamaal Williams13th at 126 ypg.
Utah State could use a boost with the return to form of Joe Hill. The junior running back has been battling injuries all season and had just nine carries for 30 yards in last week's one-sided win over San Jose State. Hill is considered day-to-day for Friday's game. Backup Joey DeMartino has fared well in Hill's absence - carrying 34 times for 297 yards - but lacks breakaway speed and could find things difficult against a formidable Cougars defense. BYU holds a 45-34-3 edge in the all-time series, including a 6-3 victory last Oct. 5.TV:
8 p.m. ET, CBS Sports NetworkLINE:
Utah State opened as a six-point favorite but the line has since dropped to -5.5. The O/U has climbed from 56.5 to 57.5.WEATHER:
Temperatures will be in the high-40s with clear skies and wind blowing from north to south across the length of the field at 5 mph.TRENDS:
* The Cougars are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games against the Mountain West Conference.
* The Aggies are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win of more than 20 points.
* The under is 11-1 in BYU's last 12 Friday games.Nevada Wolf Pack at San Diego State Aztecs (-6, 58)
The Wolf Pack offense is rolling again following a momentary hiccup, and will look to carry over its momentum into Friday's showdown with Mountain West rival San Diego State. Nevada scored 76 points in consecutive victories over Hawaii and Air Force, and hits the road for the first time since a 62-7 drubbing at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles. The Aztecs are also coming off a victory, defeating the New Mexico State Aggies 26-16 last weekend to halt a season-opening three-game losing streak.
Nevada is led by multi-talented quarterback Cody Fajardo, who threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns and added a pair of rushing scores in last week's 45-42 win over Air Force. Fajardo did considerable damage despite dealing with a knee injury that forced him to miss games against the Seminoles and Warriors. The junior signal caller will be wearing a knee brace against San Diego State as a precautionary measure, but has told reporters that the device does not inhibit his ability to run.
9 p.m. ET, ESPNLINE:
SDSU opened as a 5.5-point favorite, but the line has since shifted to six. The O/U has risen from 57 to 58.WEATHER:
Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with clear skies and calm winds.TRENDS:
* Nevada is 1-7-1 ATS in its last nine games after scoring 40 points in its previous contest.
* SDSU is 6-1 ATS in its last seven conference games.
* The over is 7-1 in the Aztecs' last eight games against teams with winning road records.