Last Saturday, BYU snapped a decade-long losing streak against in-state rival Utah. After celebrating that win over the weekend, the Cougars turned their focus to Arizona State. The Sun Devils com into Lavell Edwards Stadium ranked #19 in the country. It will be the first ranked matchup BYU has played in Lavell Edwards Stadium since 2009 - the Cougars came in at #23 in last week's AP poll.
SP+, a predictive analytics tool created by ESPN's Bill Connelly, cemented its BYU-Arizona State prediction on Wednesday.
SP+ expects a close game, but it likes Arizona State to beat BYU 29-27.
ESPN FPI gives Arizona State a 53% chance to beat BYU. The betting lines favored the Sun Devils as well, Arizona State opened as a two-point favorite.
Below are this week's SP+ predictions for BYU's 2021 opponents
SP+ favors Arizona over Northern Arizona by 21 points.
SP+ favors Utah over San Diego State with a projected final score of 28-11. The Utes will look to rebound following last week's loss to BYU.
USF is a favored over Florida A&M. USF is looking for their first win of the season.
SP+ expects a close game between Utah State and Air Force. Air Force is favored by seven points according to SP+.
Boise State hosts Oklahoma State this weekend. The Broncos are slight favorites over Oklahoma State with a projected final score of 28-25.
Baylor is a heavy favorite against Kansas this weekend.
Virginia is an underdog this weekend against #21 North Carolina.
Georgia Southern will take on Arkansas this weekend. They are 26-point underdogs.
USC is a six-point favorite over Washington State.