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College Football Betting Preview: BYU Cougars vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

September 16, 2023


This matchup features a pair of 2-0 teams as the BYU Cougars travel to take on the 2-0 Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday night in week 3 of the college football season. The Cougars enter this game following wins at home against the Sam Houston Bearkats by a score of 14-0 and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds by a score of 41-16 while the Arkansas Razorbacks enter this game with a record of 2-0 following a 56-13 win at home against the Western Carolina Catamounts in week 1 and the Kent State Golden Flashes by a score of 28-6 in week 2. Which team will improve to 3-0 this season with a win in this matchup? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.

The BYU Cougars enter this game with a record of 2-0 following a 41-16 win at home against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds while failing to cover the 30.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the college football season. BYU scored 41 points while compiling 394 total yards offensively which included 348 passing yards and 46 rushing yards while allowing 16 points and 346 total yards defensively which included 262 passing yards and 84 rushing yards. Kedon Slovis led the team in passing, completing 22 of 32 attempts for 348 yards with four touchdowns and an interception while rushing for six yards and a touchdown. LJ Martin led the team in rushing with six carries for 27 yards while adding a reception for five yards. Isaac Rex led the team in receiving, catching four of eight targets for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Arkansas enters this game with a record of 2-0 following a 28-6 win at home against the Kent State Golden Flashes while failing to cover the 38-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the college football season. The Razorbacks scored 28 points while compiling 308 total yards offensively which included 136 passing yards and 172 rushing yards while allowing 6 points and 200 total yards defensively which included 174 passing yards and 26 rushing yards. KJ Jefferson led the team in passing, completing 13 of 19 attempts for 136 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 48 yards. AJ Green led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 82 yards while adding one reception for seven yards. Issac TeSlaa led the team in receiving, catching three of four targets for 51 yards.

BookMaker has the Arkansas Razorbacks listed as 8-point favorites at home against the BYU Cougars on Saturday night in week 3 of the college football season. These teams have only played one other time before this matchup which occurred last season which resulted in a 52-35 win for the Arkansas Razorbacks as well as the Razorbacks covering the 1-point spread as a road underdog. BYU is 0-2 ATS overall this season while the Arkansas Razorbacks are 1-1 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, and 1-1 ATS as a favorite.

Arkansas is the more talented team this season and should have no problem covering away with the win while the Cougars have not covered the spread in either of their first two games. I look for that trend to continue in this matchup which is why I am taking the Arkansas Razorbacks -8 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night. 

Spooky Express Pick: Arkansas Razorbacks -8