2014 Washington State Cougars Season Win Total NCAA Football Picks
by Robert Ferringo - 7/28/2014
2013 Record: 6-7
2014 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 5.5
2014 Season Win Total Picks NCAA Football: 'Under'
Odds courtesy of 5Dimes.
Mike Leach has rescued the Washington State program from the abyss, leading them to their first bowl game in a decade last year. Unfortunately that bowl game ended in one of the biggest collapses I can remember - with Wazzou blowing a 15-point lead in the last three minutes - but hopefully it is a springboard for this Cougars program.
Leach retains quarterback Connor Halliday, who made big strides while leading the nation's No. 4 passing offense last year. Halliday desperately needs to cut down on turnovers. But he has his top two rushers, top eight receivers, and two linemen back to work with. The defense is more of a patchwork unit. State has seven starters back on that side. But they need to replace almost the entire secondary - and they weren't any good in pass defense to begin with.
Washington State has a very challenging nonconference schedule. They will face Rutgers in Seattle in an opener that is crucial for both teams this year. The following week, in a letdown situation, the Cougars have to travel to Nevada. They get Utah and Cal early in the year. But visits from Arizona and USC are daunting, as are divisional games against Oregon and Stanford.
I don't like betting against Mike Leach. But I would play this one 'under'. I love Leach's system. And you know he's good for an upset or two this year. But if they don't beat Rutgers in the opener then this team could be 2-3 coming out of September. Again, Leach is a master at finding his way into bowl games. But I think they will come up just short and go 5-7. I wouldn't put a dime on it. But play Wazzou 'under'.
2014 Washington State Cougars Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Location Result
Thu, Aug 28th, 2014 Rutgers 10:00 PM CenturyLink Field - Seattle, W
Fri, Sep 5th, 2014 at Nevada 10:30 PM Chris Ault Field at Mackay
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014 Portland State 08:00 PM Martin Stadium
Sat, Sep 20th, 2014 Oregon TBA Martin Stadium
Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 at Utah TBA Rice-Eccles Stadium
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 California TBA Martin Stadium
Fri, Oct 10th, 2014 at Stanford 09:00 PM Stanford Stadium
Sat, Oct 25th, 2014 Arizona TBA Martin Stadium
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 USC TBA Martin Stadium
Sat, Nov 8th, 2014 at Oregon State TBA Reser Stadium
Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 at Arizona State TBA Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush F
Sat, Nov 29th, 2014 Washington TBA Martin Stadium
All Times EST
Robert Ferringo was the top football handicapper in the country last year, earning nearly $8,000 in total football profit in 2013-14 and posting one of the best seasons in America. He hit 62.1 percent for the entire NFL season (95-58) and was amazing down the stretch, closing with 11 of 14 winning NFL weeks and 12 of 15 overall winning football weeks. Robert has posted 3 of 4 winning football seasons, 6 of 7 winning NFL seasons, 30 of 44 winning football months, and 6 of 7 winning NFL preseasons. Also, Robert's proprietary KING College Football Betting System posted another winning season (now 2-for-2) and is 83-58 over the last two years (58.9 percent).
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