Wyoming at New Mexico State (+5½) Saturday, August 25
The Cowboys defense is elite and will be one of the best in the country, however, the offense is not expected to be great. With Josh Allen under center last year the offense struggled and now they have an inexperienced player under center. The Aggies are missing a lot from last year as well like running back Larry Rose and quarterback Tyler Rogers. Points will be at a premium in this game.
Boise State at Troy (+10½) Saturday, Sept. 1
This spread seems since Boise State lost a few players to the NFL Draft like Cedrick Wilson and Leighton Vander Esch, plus Troy loses QB Brandon Silvers and their top two running backs. The Trojans have been an upper-level Sun Belt team 21 wins over the past two years, but that is not at the level of Boise State. Troy is good enough to not get blown out against Boise State, which makes this a difficult one to be overly confident.
Utah State at BYU (-3), Friday, Oct. 5
Going off of last year this should be a lock it up type game for Utah State as they boat raced BYU at home. Also, consider that the Cougars had one of their worst seasons ever at 3-9. This field goal line seems about right since BYU has a new offensive coordinator/staff and its quarterback situation is still up in the air. Conversely, the Aggies have David Yoast in his second year as offensive coordinator and Jordan Love is the entrenched starting quarterback. As much as some BYU don’t think this game vs. the Aggies is a rivalry, it is with the wagon wheel on the line.
Nevada at UNLV (-3) Saturday, Nov. 24
This is a rivalry game but the point difference is too low to be easy money or stay away, so this fits squarely in the toss-up category. Both teams should be better on offense but the difference might be the defense where the Rebels have a slight edge, However, that is not saying much as UNLV was in the bottom half in yards per game and yards per play allowed. Just pick your favorite team in this one and roll with it.
Boise State at Oklahoma State (-6) Saturday, Sept. 15
The Cowboys are slated to win 10 games by the oddsmakers but they also could be starting former Hawaii QB Dru Brown who transferred to Stillwater in the offseason. Boise State has not knocked off a really good Power 5 team since the 2014 season where they beat a ranked Arizona team in the Fiesta Bowl and Ole Miss in the season opener at the Georgia Dome. However, the Cowboys may not be ranked but expectations are high, as they are for the Broncos. Role with Boise State who has an experienced senior QB in Brett Rypien.
San Diego State at Fresno State (-5) Saturday, Nov. 17
This game should be a defensive slugfest with both teams returning a lot of talent on defense. The difference could be the offense where the Bulldogs return nearly all of its talent from last year and quarterback Marcus McMaryion has a full offseason and fall camp to potentially be even better. San Diego State did lose Rashaad Penny, who was a first-round NFL Draft pick, but Juwan Washington is a very capable back and the entire Aztecs offensive line which should keep one of the most dominant rushing attack in all of college football over the past few years.