Saturday college football and we will see the Washington State Cougars take on the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The game has a start time of 1:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. Current Vegas odds have Arizona State listed as 15 point favorites, while the total is set at 71.5.
Analysis: The Washington State Cougars come off a nice road win over Oregon State two weeks ago, but still this is a team that is just 3-7 on the year and have won just 1 of their last 5 games. The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in November and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, but also 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Arizona State. Washington State is a strong offensive squad that ranks 6th in total yards, 1st in passing, 127th in rushing and 39th in scoring (33.8 ppg). Te defense is, well, not so good as they come in ranked 108th in yards allowed, 125th vs the pass, 44th vs the run and 118th in points allowed (38 ppg).
The Sun Devils followed up their impressive win over the Irish two weeks ago with a disappointing 8 point loss at Oregon State last week. The loss dropped them to 8-2 on the year and eliminated them from playoff contention. The Sun Devils are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, but also 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. ASU has been a solid offensive team, ranking 29th in total yards, 26th in passing, 53rd in rushing and 25th in scoring (35.7 ppg). The defense has not been as good, ranking 75th in total yards allowed, 77th vs the pass, 80th vs the run and 59th in points allowed (25.9 ppg).
Pick: I will be looking at the over here. Washington State is all about the pass as they rank 1st in the nation in that department, while ranking 127th in rushing. No ground game at all here and they will have to throw it all over the yard if they hope to keep pace with the high powered Arizona State offense that has averaged 36 ppg overall and 34 ppg at home. Let’s also note that ASU is now out of the playoff picture which means they just let it all hang out and have some offensive fun in this one. Vs a defense that allows 38 ppg on the year should make it easy for them to do that. Both teams should make this a fun one.
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