Mike Leach will debut as head coach for his new team as the Washington St Cougar is sent packing on a road trip to open their 2012 college football season with a game against the BYU Cougars on Thursday night.
Kick off time from BYU is slated for 10:15PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
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The home team BYU Cougars opened up in the betting circles as a -12 ½ point favorite with an over under of 58 ½ points.
Early money from the bettors has landed on the home club as BYU has moved up a point to current -13 ½ point favorite. The over under has moved up to a current line of 61 ½ points.
BYU Cougars money line bettors will lay -500 odds with the road underdog Washington St Cougars bringing back +400 odds to post the upset win with no need for taking the points on their side.
This will be the first meeting between Washington St and BYU since their home and away set of games in 1989 and 1990 where the home teams won and covered.
Former Texas Tech Red Raider head coach Mike Leach takes over for the Washington St Cougars as he looks to restore pride and winning into the football program. He inherits a team that finished 4-8 in the standings and who hasn’t been in a bowl game since the 2003 Holiday Bowl.
Seven starts on offense and seven on defense return for the Cougars. Senior quarterback Jeff Tuel is skilled and returns under center. In 2011 Tuel hit on 64.4% of his passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. Tuel missed most of 2011 with a broken collar bone Hi top run producer is back in sophomore Rickey Galvin who ran for 619 yards and a 5.3 yards per carry average last season. Washington St’s top receiver Marquess Wilson returns for his junior season after catching 82 balls for 1388 yards and nearly 17 yards per reception with 12 touchdowns last year.
The BYU Cougars play as an independent and has no conference alliance. They finished up play in 2011 with a 10-3 mark and earned a bowl berth in the Armed Forces Bowl where they disposed of Tulsa by a field goal.
They return seven starts on offense and seven on defense in 2012. Senior quarterback Riley Nelson returns following a 2011 campaign where he hit on 57.4% of his passes for 1717 yards with 19 touchdowns and seven picks. Two of the teams top three running backs return for BYU in 2012. Their three top targets in the passing game return as well for the BYU Cougars.
CFB Trend: BYU Cougars are 7-0 ATS in their past seven games.
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