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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015: Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

Game 3 of the day figures to be the best game of the day. The 9-3 BYU Cougars take on the 9-3, 22nd ranked Utah Utes in the first


Game 3 of the day figures to be the best game of the day. The 9-3 BYU Cougars take on the 9-3, 22nd ranked Utah Utes in the first ‘Holy War’ for 2 years. The once yearly game hasn’t been on the schedule the last 2 years so that should add just a little juice to this game. The Cougars’ season was under threat early when senior QB Taysom Hill was lost for the year in the season opener, but the team rallied around Tanner Mangum to win 9 games, including 2 astonishing last second wins. What’s more, the only losses of the Cougars’ season came against power 5 schools, UCLA, MIzzou and 14th ranked Michigan. They rank 44th nationally in total offense per game (YPG), gaining 428 YPG, and 21st in passing yards per game (PYG), managing 294.9 PYG. The defense isn’t too bad either; ranking 36th nationally, allowing 358 YPG and just 213.3 PYG. Part of the reason for their success on defence is thanks to their star defensive end, Bronson Kaufusi. Kaufusi is looking to become the next defensive end to come out of BYU and be drafted in the early rounds. The last one to do so was Ziggy Ansah, who was replaced by Kaufusi. He, like Ansah, is an athlete. He is 6’7”, 263 and is quick and very strong. Though he isn’t quite on the same level as Ansah, he knows the game much better. If he tests well he has a good chance of going in the 2nd round. BYU’s other top senior prospects are; Ryker Mathews (OT) and Taysom Hill (QB) Utah, despite having the same record as BYU, have had a very impressive season. They have the 26th hardest schedule in the FBS, including 5 games against top 30 opponents – in which they went 3-2. Like BYU though, they will be without their top offensive weapon in this game, star running back Devontae Booker. Unfortunately for the Utes, their main weaknesses seem to line up with the Cougars’ strengths. Their defense has struggled defending the pass, they rank 97th of 128 in the FBS, allowing 253.4 PYG. On offense, their passing game has struggled too, especially when their isn’t a running game to lean on, they average 189.1 PYG, good enough for 100th in the FBS. Despite his injury, Booker still figures to be the Utes top prospect. He is CBS’s 3rd ranked running back, behind only Ezekiel Elliot and Derrick Henry. Through his final 3 starts this season he carried the ball 93 times for 416 yards and 3 touchdowns and finished the year with 1261 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has the size and athleticism to be a good player in the NFL. Utah’s other prospects are; Jared Norris (LB), Gionni Paul (LB) and Tom Hackett (P) If you want to watch this game, or any of the other bowl games, the complete bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.  

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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