BYU vs. Washington: 2010 NCAA College Football Predictions & NCAA Picks Week 1

BYU-CougarsBYU vs. Washington: 2010 NCAA College Football Predictions & NCAA Picks Week 1:  An overlooked college football picks match-up during week one of the NCAA College Football season takes place out West with the University of Washington Huskies at the BYU Cougars. The Vegas odds makers have BYU as a 3-point home college football picks favorite. Head over to if you plan to bet BYU, bet Washington or make any week 1 college football picks. The college football odds makers at are offering a 30% instant cash bonus to all college football betting fans.

Vegas odds makers are also predicting a high-scoring game with the over/under set at 57 points, and for good reason as both teams averaged nearly 30 points a game in the 2009 college football picks season. The Huskies were 5-7 a year ago and haven’t played in a postseason bowl since 2002. The good news is that Washington returns 18 of 21 starters. Senior quarterback Jake Locker, who threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 21 TDs in 2009, makes the offense hum and he was instrumental in the 16-13 upset college football predictions victory last season over then #3 USC. He has a deep group of returning receivers this college football picks season led by junior Jermaine Kearse and a good running game behind sophomore back Chris Polk. Defensively, though, this team is deficient and has to cope with losing the top tackler and top sack man from a year ago.

BYU, with an offense that averaged nearly 5 touchdowns a game in the 2009 college football predictions season, must rebuild an offense that lost quarterback Max Hall and his 33 touchdown passes from an 11-2 team in 2009. Freshman Jake Heaps will start at quarterback and he will have plenty of help with senior running back Harvey Unga returning as well as a deep core of receivers. Heaps is talented and should find success against the Washington defense that gave up tons of big plays in 2009.

A word of caution if you plan to make your college football picks on this match-up today: BYU was only 1-4 at home vs. the spread in 2009 and, with a frosh QB at the helm, they could have some shaky moments against a more experienced UW team hungry to avenge a 28-27 loss to BYU in 2008.

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