BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes Preview and Free Pick



BYU Cougars
(6-5, 6-5 ATS)

Utah Utes
(9-2, 7-3-1 ATS)

The Holy War is always one of the most anticipated battles of the season in the Beehive State, and this year is no exception. The BYU Cougars and Utah Utes will battle it out on the collegiate gridiron for the final time as members of the WAC on Saturday afternoon at Rice Eccles Stadium.

The Cougars have gotten their legs about them and have rolled off four straight wins after starting the season at just 2-5. Regardless of what happens in this game, they know that they are going to a bowl game, and they know that they really don’t have many better places to go than that with a win either. Both sides of the ball have really come together for BYU, as it has averaged beating up opponents 42-11 on this winning streak. QB Jake Heaps was selected as the team’s only quarterback just a few weeks into the season, and that decision is finally starting to pay dividends. Over the last three games, Heaps has thrown for 767 yards and eight TDs, but most importantly, no picks. RB JJ Di Luigi is still putting up his numbers on a regular basis, and he is ready to shine again on the big stage against the Utes. Di Luigi has rushed for 805 yards, and he leads the team in receiving as well with 410 yards. The replacement for the departed RB Harvey Unga also has eight scores to lead the team.

Utah looked like a BCS team for the first two and a half months of the season, but after getting absolutely mauled by the TCU Horned Frogs at home, it totally fell apart. The Utes were then beaten down by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as well to take away any chance of going to an elite bowl game. QB Jordan Wynn was expected to really be a monster this year after coming on strong at the end of the campaign last year, but he really hasn’t lived up to that hype. Wynn has thrown for 2,135 yards and has a TD/INT ratio of 16/9, and though those are good numbers, they’re not stats that will bring the Utes to the status of an elite team in the country. RB Matt Asiata and RB Eddie Wide have both had great years splitting carries for the Utes. The two have combined for 1,260 yards and 18 scores. Defensively is really where Utah has succeeded in 2010. The Utes were only allowing 12.9 points per game before getting raked by the Air Force Falcons, the Horned Frogs, Fighting Irish, and most recently, the San Diego State Aztecs.

The Utes just haven’t done anything of late to speak to us. They’re probably the better team in this game, but that doesn’t mean that they’re winning, and it really doesn’t mean that they are beating this hefty college football point spread. Back the Cougars and hope for a big time upset in the Holy War.

College Football Free Pick: BYU Cougars +8.5

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The Irish Times April 27, 2011 A round-up of today’s other stories in brief…

Nissan Leaf is Car of the Year NISSAN’S LEAF has been named the World Car of the Year, beating off competition from the BMW 5 Series and Audi A8. Judges from Asia, Europe and North America decide the winner of World Car of the Year and they concluded of the Leaf: “The Leaf is a gateway to a brave new electric world from Nissan. The good news is it feels just like a normal car, only quieter.” Other awards went to the Ferrari 458 Italia as World Performance Car of the Year, while the Aston Martin Rapide picked up the gong for Design of the Year. Chevrolet’s Volt ran the Leaf close on environmental credentials and took home the award for Green Car of the Year. site aston martin rapide

Jaguar refreshes XF range AT THE NEW York International Auto Show, Jaguar revealed its facelifted XF.

The XF now features headlamps similar in style to the Jaguar XJ’s and there are LED lights set into the lenses.

A new front bumper and vents join a lower bonnet. There are also LED rear lights that now extend further across the width of the boot. website aston martin rapide

Good news for Irish customers is the addition of a 2.2-litre turbodiesel with 190hp and 450Nm of torque.

It’s attached to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and uses a stop- start system to help offer 5.6 litres/100km (50mpg) and 149g/km (band C) carbon dioxide emissions.

Mercedes E63 AMG breaks cover MERCEDES-BENZ HAS revealed its latest barnstorming E63 AMG and the new car now gets the twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 from the CLS 63 AMG. That means 532bhp, which can be upgraded to an astonishing 565bhp if you plump for the Performance Pack.

Fitted with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, the car reaches 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and top speed is limited to 250km/h, but it is reckoned that if this limiter was removed it could reach as much as 320km/h. The performance pack increases the limited speed to 300km/h. The car is available as a saloon or estate.

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