It's the Cactus Bowl and the Washington Huskies will take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The game has a start time of 10:15 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN. Current Vegas betting odds have Washington listed as 6 point favorites, while the total is set at 56.5.
Analysis: The Washington Huskies did struggle through the middle of their season, but finished on a 2 game win streak to earn a bowl invite with an 8-5 record. Washington is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, while Pac-12 bowlers who scored > 30 points last game are 7-0 SU & ATS vs opp off SU win, but they are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12. Washington has been average offensive team this year, ranking 76th in total yards, 98th in passing, 40th in rushing and 55th in scoring (30.8 ppg). The defense for the Huskies has been okay this year, ranking 75th in yards allowed, 124th vs the pass, 21st vs the run and 42nd in points allowed (24.4 ppg).
The Oklahoma State Cowboys had a huge upset of instate rivals Oklahoma on the final game of the regular season to get to 6 wins and garner bowl eligibility. That win snapped a 5 game losing streak and now has the Cowboys sitting at 6-6 on the year. The Cowboys are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win, but 2-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as bowl dogs. The Cowboys have not been a very good offensive team this year, ranking 92nd in total yards, 59th in passing, 102nd in rushing and 77th in scoring (27.4 ppg). The defense for Oklahoma State has not been good either, as they come in ranked 97th in yards allowed, 113th vs the pass, 67th vs the run and 100th in points allowed (32.0 ppg).
Pick: Im going with the Huskies in this one as they are clearly the better team and the Cowboys have been crushed by the good teams they have faced on their schedule. Overall the Cowboys are 6-6 on the year, but they were just 1-5 down the stretch and were outscored by 21.7 ppg in those 6 games. Overall this year the Cowboys have been outgained by 166 ypg and outscored by 19 ppg vs bowl teams. This is still a very young team and just getting to a bowl is an accomplishment for them. I don't see them playing all that well in this one.
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