Behind QB Zach Wilson and an explosive offense, Brigham Young was a team on a mission. The goals: An undefeated regular season and a New Year’s Six bowl.
When a team’s lofty postseason hopes are crushed, what happens next? The Cougars came up 1 yard short in a dramatic 22-17 loss at Coastal Carolina last week, making Saturday night’s home date with San Diego State an obvious letdown spot. Handicappers can play the role of Dr. Phil when attempting to project the psychology of the BYU (9-1) side.
The Aztecs and Cougars arranged this game several weeks ago when both teams were seeking to fill holes in the schedule. San Diego State coach Brady Hoke has played three quarterbacks this season while getting poor results across the board. As usual, the Aztecs (4-3) are surviving on defense and special teams play while riding a workhorse running back, and their largest margin of defeat was 11 points against San Jose State.