I have two picks for Friday after going 1-0 on Thursday:
UNLV (+23.5) over Arizona
I usually focus on teams from the power five conferences but a game between an Independent and AAC teams stuck out to me. BYU travels to the northeast to face UConn. BYU bring back dual-threat quarterback Taysom Hill and a stable of running backs from last season. UConn dropped their first nine games last season before ending the year on a three-game winning streak. The Huskies hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to help reignite the program in Storrs.
I like UConn to cover the spread in this game at home. The Huskies were embarrassed by FCS opponent Towson in their opener last season. I think they will be a more focused team in Diaco’s first game on the sideline. BYU might be looking ahead to next week. They go to Austin next weekend to play Texas, a team they defeated 40-21 last season.
UConn getting a lot of points at home, and a look ahead game for BYU is why I like the Huskies plus the points.
Pick: UConn (+16.5) over BYU