Week 5 of the college football schedule will begin on Friday night with a couple of games. Campbell and Wake Forest will take to the field in North Carolina, while Louisiana Tech and BYU are in Provo. It’s another small college football card this weekend because of the absence of the Big Ten and Big 12.
They are scheduled to return towards the end of the month, so our sample size of games to choose from will look better soon. Louisiana Tech and BYU isn’t going to get the juices flowing for too many people, but the gamblers are going to be interested. The majority of the audience will certainly be watching because of the betting angle.
BYU are off to a brilliant start with a 55-3 win over Navy to open the season in primetime, and then showed that it was no fluke with a 48-7 win over Troy last weekend. Both games looked like men versus boys. BYU has one of the oldest rosters in college football because of their mission rules, which allows students to play four seasons in six years.
So, yeah, it pretty well was men versus boys. The Cougars received inconsistent play from Zach Wilson last year under center, but he has been locked in against Navy and Troy. It helps that BYU has an impressive offensive line. BYU can do whatever they want against weak defenses. They can pound the ball to creep the safeties up, and then allow Wilson to go to work over the top.
Louisiana Tech won a tight contest against Southern Mississippi in Week 1, 31-30, and then returned the following week to smash hapless Houston Baptist by a mark of 66-38. The only concern for the Bulldogs in that matchup was their defense. Bailey Zappe passed for 406 yards with 5 touchdowns and an interception.
They can’t play like that against BYU or Wilson and the ground game will have a field day. Tech quarterback, Luke Anthony, has to be on notice Friday night in Provo. He’s played well through two games in 2020. Head below for our free Louisiana Tech vs. BYU pick for October 2, 2020 in NCAAF Week 5.
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The Bulldogs have gotten touched up for 8 passing touchdowns in the first two weeks. Zach Abraham connected for 264 yards with 3 touchdowns and an interception, and then Bailey Zappe followed up for 406 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Louisiana Tech might have to guess on defense in this one. They can’t play too far off the ball or BYU will just pick up 5-10 yards a pop on the ground. Play too close, though, and Wilson can certainly chew up this secondary.
Wilson is off to a hot start for BYU, as he’s thrown for 624 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. He’s completing 78.3% of his passes, which is the most impressive facet of his game in 2020.
His decision making has been better than we’ve seen in the past. Wilson threw 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions last season. The BYU offense was one-dimensional, with the ground game their only true weapon. With Wilson showing improvement, BYU can do a lot more than on offense they were last year.
There will be bad games for Wilson and the BYU offense, but they should be able to do some damage versus the Louisiana Tech defense. It would be surprising if the Bulldogs contain the Cougars on the road in Provo. It’s hard to see them figuring it out defensively on the road in Provo.
The ball will have to be in Luke Anthony’s hands often in this one. Anthony has passed for 8 touchdowns and 1 interception with 463 yards in 2020. Fresh off a 314-yard 5-touchdown performance to lead the Bulldogs to 66 points, expect Anthony to look good enough in spots.
No, they’re not scoring 66 points, but this should be BYU’s biggest challenge defensively after easy work against Navy and Troy. The total has been rising throughout the week for good reason. The number was too low at 56, and while 60 is probably more accurate, more than 60 points on the board looks doable between the Bulldogs and Cougars.