TV Schedule: Saturday, Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Stadium: Sam Boyd Stadium
Line: Utah (-3)
Although both teams were probably hoping for much more (like a spot in the New Year’s Six) along the way, the two should still provide quite the matchup for college football fans everywhere.
The BYU Cougars entered the season as a dark horse to make the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately, QB Taysom Hill was lost early on in the season (he was also a dark-horse contender for the Heisman). After starting off the year with victories against the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Boise State Broncos, there was plenty of hype surrounding this squad … and then it dropped a game, by one point, to the UCLA Bruins. After that, the momentum train died as the Cougars went down to the Michigan Wolverines in shutout fashion.
Since that loss, the Cougars have only lost one game, which means they enter the Las Vegas Bowl with a 9-3 record. So do the Utah Utes.
In case folks already forgot, Utah was ranked as high as No. 3 in the country at one point in the year. When you destroy the Oregon Ducks by the score of 62-20, that tends to be the case. Side note: The Utes were playing on the road in that battle.
Utah has had some nice wins in 2015, like the one mentioned above and a victory over the Wolverines. However, the Utes have certainly not been playing their best football down the stretch … but they do enter bowl season on a one-game winning streak. BYU enters on a two-game winning streak. Take that as you will.
This year’s edition of the Holy War should provide plenty of entertainment, despite the fact that both teams were in search of much more entering the season.
PREDICTION: Cougars 30, Utes 33