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Arkansas vs. BYU picks and best bets for Week 7 matchup

The Razorbacks and Cougars meet in Provo on Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know for the game and a pick

Wide receiver Kody Epps #0 of the Brigham Young Cougars avoids safety Houston Griffith #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as Epps scores a touchdown on a 53-yard pass play in the Shamrock Series game at Allegiant Stadium on October 08, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Fighting Irish defeated the Cougars 28-20. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The BYU Cougars will host the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday in Provo. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. Arkansas is coming off a tough loss to Mississippi State, their third loss in a row after starting the season 3-0. Quarterback KJ Jefferson has been out since suffering a concussion against Alabama, but is expected to return this weekend.

BYU fell in a close one against Notre Dame last weekend, marking their second loss of the season and pushing them out of the AP Poll. A win over Arkansas this weekend could be a case for getting back into the rankings.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings.

Arkansas: No. 39 overall, No. 21 offense, No. 70 defense
BYU: No. 52 overall, No. 45 offense, No. 55 defense

Injury update


QB KJ Jefferson - Probable (concussion)


WR Gunner Romney - Questionable (undisclosed)
WR Chase Roberts - Probable (undisclosed)
RB Miles Davis - Questionable (leg)


Against The Spread

Arkansas: 2-4 ATS
BYU: 2-4 ATS


Arkansas: Over 4-1-1
BYU: Over 4-2

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Arkansas: No. 27 overall, No. 26 offense, No. 32 defense
BYU: No. 80 overall, No. 75 offense, No. 90 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: BYU -1
Total: 66.5
Moneyline: Arkansas -105, BYU -115

Opening line: BYU -2.5
Opening total: 59.5


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The Pick

BYU -1

BYU looks like the much more complete team right now. Even the return of KJ Jefferson doesn’t change the fact that Arkansas’ defense allowed Mississippi State to hang 40 on the scoreboard last week after allowing 49 from Alabama the week before. If Jaren Hall can get back up to his usual numbers after being shut down by the Notre Dame defense (he’s averaging 287 passing yards per game with last week’s stats removed), the home advantage should put the Cougars over the top in this pick-em.

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