Baylor Bears vs BYU Cougars 9/10/2022 Predictions and DraftKings Sportsbook Promo
September 10, 2022
An intriguing non-conference game between the Baylor Bears and the BYU Cougars is set for this Saturday at Provo's LaVell Edwards Stadium. Since last October's 38-24 thrashing at the hands of Baylor in Waco, the Cougars have had September 10 circled on their calendars for a rematch.
Prior to this game, BYU defeated the South Florida Bulls 51-20 at Raymond James Stadium last Saturday. Meanwhile, No. 10 Baylor opened their season at home with a 69-10 victory against the Albany Great Danes.
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✅ BYU's offense was one of the most powerful last season, averaging 29.1 points per game, and they do not appear to be slowing down this season.
✅ BYU is coming off a 50-21 road win at USF, where they jumped out to a 38-0 first-half lead against a much tougher opponent than the one Baylor faced.
✅ There is a clear revenge angle that favors BYU in this game, after they lost to Baylor last season. Expect a fired up BYU team and crowd in Provo.
|Baylor Bears vs BYU Cougars
|Saturday, September 10, 2022, at 10:15 p.m. ET
|LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
|The BYU to win | Moneyline @ -140
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Baylor Bears vs BYU Cougars
The BYU Cougars defeated the South Florida Bulls 51-20 before preparing for Baylor's visit on Saturday. According to FPI, since Baylor was just as dominant as BYU, they are expected to be involved in a competitive game with BYU currently a slight home favorite with moneyline at -140.
BYU traveled to Waco and was defeated 38-24 last season. The Bears pounded the ball on the ground, and the Cougars had no defensive response. Baylor gained over 300 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns. The Bears went on to win the Big 12 title and the Sugar Bowl to cap that season off.
With Jaren Hall returning as the starting quarterback for the Cougars, BYU is expected to be more dominant offensively. Hall completed 25 of 32 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns last week. His first interception came near the sideline on a forced pass into the end zone to receiver Keanu Hill, but overall it was a good Week 1 performance from the junior from Utah.
From an injury perspective, Gunner Romney, who is dealing with an undisclosed injury suffered early in fall camp, did not make the trip to Tampa. Puka Nacua sprained his ankle on the third play of BYU's third possession and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines in a walking boot last week.
The No. 10 Bears defeated FCS Albany 69-10 on Saturday at McLane Stadium. Baylor racked up 573 yards of offense while holding the Great Danes to 237 total yards and a 5-for-17 mark on third-down attempts. Blake Shapen completed 17 of 20 passes for 214 yards after beating out Gerry Bohanon for the starting position last spring.
Connor Galvin, Jacob Gall, Grant Miller, and Khalil Keith all decided to return for another season, giving Baylor a wealth of offensive experience. Galvin, the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2021 and a preseason All-American, leads a unit that has only allowed 18 sacks in 14 games and has helped the Bears lead the Big 12 in rushing last season.
Apu Ika, a defensive tackle who burst onto the national scene in 2021 with 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, is another preseason All-American. He was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from LSU.
In their history, Baylor and BYU have only met three times. Baylor currently leads the all-time series 2-1. In the first meeting between the two programs since 1984, Baylor won 38-24 at home last season. Baylor leads BYU 1-0 at home, while the Cougars have won both of their home games against the Bears.
Baylor's LJ Cryer will sit out this game following surgery to repair stress fractures in both of his feet and is expected to return to Waco for a third season in 2022-23.