BYU (6-6) is the favorite against Western Michigan (7-5) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium on Friday (December 21, 2018, 16:00ET).
The betting line opened at a stout -12.5 points for BYU. The over/under is set at a 50.0 points
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson completed 62.2% of his passes this season for 1,261 yards and 8 touchdowns. Lopini Katoa gained 541 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 8 touchdowns, averaging a respectable 5.5 yards per carry.
As a whole, the team gained 354.8 yards per game and scored 25.4 points per game. The defense allowed 325.0 yards and 21.7 points per game, while Corbin Kaufusi led the squad with 8 sacks this season.
BYU’s had a disappointing year, with losses to Utah, Northern Illinois, and California on a 6-6 record. The Cougars were lucky to make bowl eligibility, and will be looking forward to 2019.
The Broncos offense features quarterback Jon Wassink, who passed for 2,009 yards and 16 TD’s this season. Wassink completed 61.5% of his passes, which works out to a passer rating of 147.4. LeVante Bellamy ran for 427 yards and 6 touchdowns, averaging a strong 6.2 yards per carry.
Altogether, Western Michigan averaged 448.8 yards per game and 33.2 points. The defense allowed 378.3 yards and 33.3 points per game. Ralph Holley notched 5 sacks this season.
The Broncos finished the year 7-5 overall and second in the MAC West, and are also starting a freshman quarterback. Against a stout team like BYU, that could be tough to make work.