The Holy War is back in the regular season after a two year hiatus. We make our predictions on who will win, why they win, and what the final score is.
I see this being a very close game. In close games, three keys are home field advantage, special teams, and turnover margin. These are three areas where Utah has the advantage over BYU. The atmosphere at Rice-Eccles Stadium should be electric for this game, giving the Utah players an edge. Punter Mitch Wishnowsky was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week and Ray Guy Award Player of the Week after setting a school record against Southern Utah with 55.5 yards per punt in a game. Utah has proven playmakers on defense who can force turnovers, and the Utah coaches stress not turning the ball over offensively. Because of these reasons, I think Utah will win, but it will be a little too close for comfort.
Utah 24 BYU 21
It’s simple, Utah’s offensive line steps up and gives the running lanes that Joe Williams and Troy McCormick weren’t given against SUU, not to mention, time for Troy Williams to deal down field.
On defense, the Utah front will control Jamal Williams, and give Taysom Hill fits. Look for Marcus Williams to feast in center field.
Utah 27 BYU 17