Matchup: BYU at Connecticut (+16.5 @ BetMayor)
Date & Time: Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 7:30pm EST
Preview: The BYU Cougars head to Connecticut to take on the UConn Huskies on Friday night. The Huskies hired Bob Diacco, who was the defensive coordinator under Brian Kelly at Notre Dame. Diacco has his work cut out for him, as UConn was offensively inept last season but there were a few occasions where they were competitive. BYU is coming off an 8-3 regular season and made a bowl appearance last year. The Cougars are returning 14 starters from last year and should be quite a handful to anyone. However, I like UConn in this spot. New beginnings are good, and while UConn was abysmal for the most part last year, Diacco brings a new excitement to the program. Keep in mind when he was at Notre Dame as a DC, the Irish were 2-0 against BYU the past 2 years, and his defenses held BYU to just 14 ppg and 329 ypg. He is very familiar with BYU, and if they make this an ugly game, they can keep this within the number. BYU is also 3-9 in their last 12 road openers. We’ll take the points here.
Week 1 Pick (for Friday, August 29, 2014): UConn +16.5
Final Score Prediction: BYU 24 – UConn 14