Air Force Falcons vs Washington State Cougars Pick, Odds, Cheez-It Bowl Prediction 12/27/2019
Game: Air Force Falcons vs Washington State Cougars
Date: Friday, December 27, 2019
Location: Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Washington State +2.5
Chase Field is the venue where Anthony Gordon and the Washington State Cougars will play the Air Force Falcons on Friday, December 27 in the Cheez-It Bowl. Washington State opens this matchup as 2.5-point dogs. The Falcons are 7-5-0 ATS and 6-6-0 when betting on the total. The Cougars are 7-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 4-8-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Air Force Falcons played the Wyoming Cowboys and won 20-6. Kadin Remsberg led the team in rushing for the game. His longest run of the day went for 11 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He rushed for 63 yards by way of 14 carries which gave him an average of 4.5 yards per run. Benjamin Waters led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 100 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 33.3 yards per reception for the game. Running the show from under center for the Falcons was Donald Hammond III who went 5/6 with 121 yards passing and tossed 1 TD. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Falcons ended up running the ball 56 times and generated 162 yards earning them an average of 2.9 yards per attempt. For the contest, the Falcons totaled 18 first downs and they totaled 2 penalties for 15 yards which is telling in terms of how disciplined they are. For the game, they totaled 63 plays for a total of 305 yards. In terms of defense, Air Force allowed 10 completions on 18 attempts for a total of 111 yards, and a completion percentage of 55.6%. Against the run, the Falcons allowed 114 yards on 33 carries which gave them an average of 3.5 yards per carry allowed. In the game, they gave up 225 yards and earned 3 takeaways.
The Falcons step onto the field holding a record of 10-2 for the 2019 season. For total yardage, they sit in 6th in the Mountain West and 52nd in the country with 5,092 yards. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country averaging 34.3 points per contest, which has them at 24th in the country. As a team, they are averaging 293.3 yards on the ground per contest which is 1st in the Mountain West. The Falcons have one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing 19.8 points per game which has them at 3rd in the MWC. In discussing rushing yards, Air Force is allowing 107.8 yards per contest ranking them 3rd in the Mountain West and 11th in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.5 yards per carry putting them 3rd in the conference and 23rd in the country overall. In total, they have allowed 1,294 rushing yards through 12 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Falcons have allowed 1,572 yards. Opponents are completing 62.7% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.5 yards per try.
In their last game, the Washington State Cougars played the Washington Huskies and took the defeat by a score of 31-13. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Cougars was Anthony Gordon who went 48/62 with 308 yards through the air but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He tossed 2 picks during the game. Max Borghi led the team in rushing in the game. He tore off a long run of 14 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for the game. He ran for 50 yards on 10 carries which meant he averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Renard Bell led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 87 yards on 9 catches. He earned an average of 9.7 yards per catch in the game. The Cougars ran the ball a total of 20 times and added 31 yards which earned them an average of 1.6 yards per run. On the day, they totaled 82 plays which gave them a total of 339 yards. On the day, the Cougars earned a total of 27 1st downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 32 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. When it comes to their defensive performance, Washington State gave up 15 completions on 22 tries for a total of 244 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.2%. For this contest, they gave up 342 yards and forced 1 turnover. On the ground, the Cougars gave up 98 yards on 29 tries which gave them an average of 3.4 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Cougars step onto the field holding a record of 6-6. Washington State needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 72.5 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 130th in Division 1. As a team, they have compiled a total of 870 yards rushing through 12 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Cougars average 516.8 yards per game overall which has them at 6th in the nation and 1st in the Pac-12. The Cougars are giving up 31.4 points per game which puts them at 8th in the Pac-12 and 95th in the country. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road groups in the nation. They are allowing 286.8 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Cougars are ranked 9th in the Pac-12 Conference. In terms of points allowed, they have allowed 377 total points. In regard to yards rushing, they are giving up 170 yards per contest ranking them 78th in college football and 11th in the conference. For this year, they have allowed a total of 2,040 rushing yards and 22.8 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Falcons/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Falcons -2.5
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