Washington State Cougars vs Utah Utes Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs Utah Utes
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Washington State (+9.5)
Rice-Eccles Stadium is the site where Jake Bentley and the Utah Utes (2-2) will play the Washington State Cougars (1-2) on Saturday. Washington State opens this contest as 9.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 56.5.
The last time they played, the Washington State Cougars faced the USC Trojans and took the loss by a score of 38-13. Deon McIntosh led the team on the ground for that contest. He had a long run of 14 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He scurried for 65 yards on 10 carries which meant he averaged 6.5 yards per run. Renard Bell was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 76 yards on 11 catches. He averaged 6.9 yards per reception for that contest. Jayden de Laura went 18/29 with 134 yards by way of passing but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He tossed 2 interceptions for the game.
When talking about scoring points, the Washington State Cougars have an average of 26.7 points per contest. As a team they average 134.0 yards in the run game which ranks them 95th in the nation. The Cougars have earned 1,140 total yards this season. In terms of scoring, Washington State has earned 5 touchdowns through the air and 5 touchdowns via the ground. The Cougars are ranked 120th in D-1 when it comes to the opposition scoring, giving up 36.3 PPG. They are allowing 4.6 yards per rushing attempt and 132.0 rushing yards per contest for the year. In total, they have allowed 396 yards via the ground game in 3 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Cougars are giving up 923 yards which has them ranked 22nd in D-1. In their 3 games played, they have surrendered 307.7 yards per contest through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 72.4%. For the year, they have yielded 439.7 yards per contest which ranks them 106th in the nation.
For his career, de Laura has passed for 682 yards with 4 touchdowns and 3 picks. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has left the pocket to run 23 different times for a total of 37 yds. His quarterback rating is 124.2 with a touchdown rate of 4.0% and an interception rate of 3.0%. He is averaging 227.3 yards per game. Jayden de Laura has completed 61 of his career 101 passes for a completion percentage of 60.4%.
In their last game, the Utah Utes played the Colorado Buffaloes and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 38-21. Jake Bentley went 20/32 with 240 yards via the pass and tossed 2 touchdowns. He walked away with 1 pick on the day. Ty Jordan led the team on the ground in this outing. He broke a long run for 66 yards and he ran for 2 touchdowns in this contest. He ran for a total of 147 yards on 17 carries which means he ran for an average of 8.6 yards per tote. Britain Covey was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 76 yards on 9 catches. He notched an average of 8.4 yards per reception in this outing.
Regarding how much they score, the Utes are ranking 81st in the nation averaging 26.5 points per outing. Over the course of the season so far, the Utes currently sit at 774 yards through the air together with holding an average of 193.5 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 100th in the country. They are averaging 186.8 rushing yards per game and have rushed for 747 yards in total. The Utah Utes have an average of 380.3 yards per game ranking them 77th in the nation. The Utes are allowing 25.5 points per game, which puts them 56th in the country. In total, they have relinquished 102 points in total. Utah has yielded a total of 424 yards via the ground game (106.0 yards/game) in addition to 4 touchdowns rushing on the campaign. They have surrendered 7 touchdowns through the air as well as 251.3 yards/outing, which has them sitting 103rd in D-1.
In 38 contests in his college career, Jake Bentley has completed 696 of his 1,112 attempts for a total of 8,256 yds. He averages 217.3 yds per contest through the air with a 136.1 quarterback rating. Bentley has passed for 60 touchdowns compared to 37 picks in his career. He has taken off and run for 243 yds on 224 tries. His touchdown rate on pass attempts is 5.4% and his interception percentage is 3.3%.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Utes college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Utes -9.5
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