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2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl Start Time, Betting Odds, Free Pick

The Washington State Cougars are taking on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the National Funding Holiday Bowl tonight. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. The college football odds for game the game have the Cougars favored by a comfortable margin to pick up the win.

College Football Odds
Washington State -9.5
Total: 61 points

Washington State looked to be a team that could have really packed it in and gone away early on. The Cougars lost each of their first two games to Eastern?Washington and Boise State, but then won eight consecutive contests and contended for a Pac 12 title. The?Cougs then dropped each of their last two games against really tough competition in Colorado and Washington.

The Cougars got some excellent news recently when quarterback?Luke Falk committed to coming back to school next season. Falk threw for 4,200 yards on the season with 71 percent completion rate and 37 scores. The Cougars are a high-profile offense that has 10 players catch at least 20 passes on the season and five guys catch at least 40 passes. They can really spread it around and that could be a problem for Minnesota on the defensive end.

The Golden Gophers nearly missed this game. They had 10 players suspended and the team threatened to boycott the game, but eventually decided to play. Whether they remain focused on this game will be interesting because getting behind the Cougars early can be a bad thing.

Minnesota will want to run the football and control the clock. Keeping Falk and the Cougar offense off the field will be critical to any success they may have, but the defense, which gave up better than 30 points per game this season, just won’t be good enough.

Free Pick:?Washington State

Movie Free Picks: Minnesota vs. Washington State (Holiday Bowl Betting)

Adjustment for drama plus a 19-3 ATS trend handicapped by Pro Bettor Brad Powers - with Steve Fezzik from the Studios in Las Vegas. Get his NCAA Football Free Pick: Minnesota vs. Washington St. in the Holiday Bowl.

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