Can the Warriors hold back BYU? Last year the Cougars invaded the island and destroyed the Warriors from behind enemy lines. This year however, there is a near 4 touchdown spread...Is the Cougar offense good enough?

BYU vs. Hawaii: ATS Pick 

The Cougars are favored by almost four touchdowns for Friday night's home game against the dismal Hawaii Warriors. What's the right move with our ATS pick? 

The college football odds are very much in BYU's favor for Friday, with the Cougars favored by a whopping 27.5 points at essentially every sportsbooks. Are the Cougars really that good? Or are the Warriors simply that bad?

If you happened to miss our O/U rundown, click here to see what we think.

BYU Cougars

The lingering question entering Friday: who will start at quarterback? 

Riley Nelson is having back troubles and there's still been no official word as to whether ot not he'll be able to go against Hawaii. It could end up being a game-time decision.

Some Cougars fans are hoping he can't play so they can get another look at freshman Taysom Hill, who captured the imagination of the BYU faithful with his dual-threat ability.

Hill came in for Nelson during BYU's recent 7-6 loss to Boise State and provided a spark, albeit a small one. He completed 4-of-10 passes for 42 yards, but did the most damage with his legs to the tune of 12 rushes for 72 yards and the team's only touchdown.

Whomever ends up calling the plays Friday, he should have tremendous success against the Warriors, who ranked seventieth in pass defense, allowing 232.3 yards per game. 

BYU's bread and butter is their defense and that is why they are so heavily favored in the odds – they're giving up just 12.5 PPG this season – and that should slow Hawaii down considerably.

Hawaii Warriors 

There's not a lot of positive things we can say about this year's Hawaii team. Their only win came against Lamar, a school that didn't bring back a sanctioned football team until 2010. 

The Warriors can't stop anybody, as we mentioned up top, and they can't move the ball that well either. They're eighty-sixth in rushing yards per game and ninety-sixth in passing yards per game, giving them a total offense ranked ninety-eighth. 

One of the few playmakers for Hawaii will be Will Gregory, who has 202 yards and a touchdown this season. Gregory's averaging 6.3 yards per carry so far.

In the passing game, junior QB Sean Schroeder has completed just 59.8 percent of his passes and has nearly as many interceptions (four) as touchdowns (six).

Schroeder's main targets have been Jeremiah Ostrowski and Trevor Davis. Those two have combined for 26 receptions, 318 yards, and two touchdowns.

None of that may matter this Friday though against a resolute BYU team that's occupying the seventh spot nation-wide in total defense.

ATS Pick 

Four touchdowns? Can the Cougars cream Hawaii by four touchdowns? On their day, of course they can. 

The Warriors are abysmal defensively and they now have to contend with a BYU team that's ready to unleash all of its frustrations after losing consecutive games. 

Quarterback issues aside, the Cougars are the far superior team on both sides of the ball and they'll be playing at home, where they won their first two games by an average margin of 28 points.

Last year BYU won this matchup 41-20 in Honolulu, but I see even more of a mismatch this time around and will include them in my college football selection.

BYU Cougars -27.5