College football betting handicappers have high expectations for both teams, especially Washington, as the Huskies could be an outstanding value to bet on college football with in 2010.
Sports-Gambling.com opened with BYU as a 3-point favorite for this matchup that can be seen on CBS College Sports with kickoff set for 7:05 PM Eastern.
The Washington Huskies were 5-7 last year, which may not sound like much, but it was 5 wins better than the 0-12 team of 2008. Steve Sarkisian took over as head coach last year after coordinating the offense at USC and led the Huskies to a major 16-13 upset over the Trojans as 20-point home dogs to highlight the campaign.
Washington is loaded with experience as they return 10 starters on offense led by senior quarterback Jake Locker, who passed for 2800 yards and 21 touchdowns last year. The defense returns 8 starters to a unit that allowed 27 points per game last year, an 11 point improvement from 2008.
The improvement shown last season has the Seattle area excited again for UW football.
“From the coaching staff to the players, to the community of Seattle, we’re all anxious to get this season started,” said Sarkisian. “We’re here to win championships. No doubt. Last year was let’s be competitive, fight, scratch, claw. This year-let’s go play and win a championship.”
Washington could be one of the best NCAA betting values on the board as they are still overlooked in the Pac 10 by better known rivals such as USC. But handicappers doing their homework see a talented and experienced team that easily could have gone 8-4 last year. The Huskies are looking for their first bowl since 2002.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall has restored the pride and glory of BYU football as the Cougars are coming off 4 consecutive double digit win seasons. The Cougars have struggled with the college football odds in non conference action however with a mark of 5-8 against the spread while going 4-6 ATS as a home favorite since 2008.
The big college football betting question for BYU is at quarterback where Mendenhall announced that junior Riley Nelson and freshman Jake Heaps will split time as the number one signal callers to start the year.