Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes. Things were looking good for the BYU Football team in 2014. The Cougars began with impressive double-digit road wins at Connecticut and Texas. Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall team took the field at home in the last two weeks of September with victories over Houston and Virginia. The roof fell in on a Thursday Night ESPN matchup with rivals Utah State when Heisman Trophy candidate Taysum Hill broke his leg. BYU went on a four-game losing streak before rebounding to go 4-0 in the Month of November. The season ended in a 55-45 loss to Memphis in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl. The 2015 Cougars have Hill back in the mix and a whole lot of talent surrounding him. A total of thirteen starters return on both sides of the Football, seven on offense including Hill. The defense has six players who were on the first-team back in 2015 to improve their 8-5 record. BYU may have the best Football team in the “BEEHIVE STATE” this season, the Cougars have the talent to compete on the national stage.
The 2015 BYU Cougars begin the season with the toughest September of any school in the nation. Brigham Young starts with a road trip to Nebraska on September 5th. The team will be back in Provo for a September 12 matchup with Boise State. The Cougars end the month with road games at UCLA and Michigan. Hill will be the starter under center with talented Tanner Magnum as the second team quarterback. Running Back Jamaal Williams rushed for only 518 yards last season and suffered a major knee injury. The Californian rushed for 1,200 in 2013. Wide Reciever Mitch Mathews had over 900 receiving yards and were back in the fold. Freshman All-American Center Tejan Koroma anchors an offensive line that is very good. The Brigham Young Cougars were 5-8 last season on College Football ATS Picks going over the betting odds total nine times and staying under the betting odds total four.
*The Cougars were not good to ATS bettors at home wit ha 1-5 record.
*The team was 4-3 Against The Spread on the road.
*The Cougars went over the betting odds total four times at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah
*BYU stayed under the betting odds total three times at home.
*Brigham Young University went over the betting odds total five times on the road.
*The team stayed under the betting odds total twice on the road.
*The offense averaged 37.1 points per contest last season.
*The 460.0 yards per contest on offense ranked 28th in the nation.
The Cougars defense was suspect last season, Mendenhall has gone back to making the defensive calls in 2015. Defensively the team looked lost in spring practice, but they will improve. The front seven is impressive led by sack master Bronson Kaufusi. The secondary is the weak link and will get tested often. Cornerback Micah Hannemann and Safety Kai Nacua must keep coverages tight. The first month of the season will show where the team is as a unit. BYU also plays SEC opponent Missouri in Kansas City on November 14th.
*BYU gave up 391.6 yards per game last season, 58th in the FBS.
*The rush defense ranked 20th nationally, holding opponents to 121.9 yards on the ground.
*The pass defense was 115th nationally, giving up nearly 270.0 yards through the air.
*The Twenty-Seven and a half points per contest given up by the defense were 73rd in the country. The BYU Cougars will struggle to get to eight wins again this season with the brutal September schedule. Hill will be in the national spotlight and with a few upsets could turn some heads for postseason honors. William should regain his form and rush for over 1,000 yards this season. Bovada lists BYU at 200/1 to win the 2015 BCS title.