Utah State Aggies vs Washington State Cougars Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Washington State Cougars
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Cougars (-16.5)
The Utah State Aggies (1-5 last year) are headed to Martin Stadium on Saturday where they will take on the Washington State Cougars (1-3 last season). Utah State opens this contest as 16.5-point dogs. The total is set at 63.5.
The Utah State Aggies wrapped up their year with a 1-5 record. In their last matchup, the Aggies went up against the Air Force Falcons and took a loss by a score of 35-7. Andrew Peasley went 17/32 with 123 yards through the air and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 83.2 and ended the game with 2 picks. Elelyon Noa led the offense in rushing for the Aggies with 10 carries for 30 yds (3.0 yds per carry). Once the final whistle blew, they ran 58 plays which gave them 232 yds. The Utah State Aggies ended up rushing 26 times and compiled 109 yards, which came out to an average of 4.2 yds per attempt. In the running game, the Aggies conceded 334 yds on 55 attempts, which averages out to 6.1 yards per run allowed. Utah State conceded 7 completions on 9 tries for 127 yds, and a completion percentage of 77.8%.
Regarding getting in the endzone, the Utah State Aggies held an average of 15.5 points per outing. As a team they averaged 140.0 yards rushing, ranking them 88th in the country. The Aggies racked up 1,655 total yards for the prior season. Utah State compiled 6 passing touchdowns and 4 touchdowns on the ground. Utah State earned 82 1st downs as a team, and they committed 32 infractions for 284 yards. They gave the ball to the opposition 10 times.
The Aggies sat in 114th in D-1 in terms of their opponents scoring, conceding 35.2 points per game. They gave up an average of 5.3 yards per rush and 224.7 rushing yards per contest throughout last year. In total, they gave up 1,348 yards via the ground game in 6 games. Regarding yards through the air, the Aggies gave up 1,564 yds which had them ranked 49th in the nation. During their 6 games played last season, they yielded 260.7 yards per contest via the pass and relinquishing a completion percentage of 67.8%. They gave up 14 passing touchdowns as well as 14 touchdowns via the ground game. They allowed 485.3 yards/contest ranking them 135th in D-1.
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The Cougars finished the season having a 1-3 mark. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Cougars took a defeat with a final score of 45-28 against the Utah Utes. Max Borghi ran the ball 10 times for 95 yds, finishing the game with 9.5 yards per carry for Washington State. Jayden De Laura (1 touchdown) walked away from the contest with 204 yards on 17/28 through the air while his QB rating was 126.6. He threw 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 7.3. Washington State surrendered 37 rush attempts for 223 yards (6.0 yards per carry). The Cougars passing defense allowed a completion percentage of 55.0%, surrendering 305 yards on 22 out of 40 passing. The Cougars finished the contest with a total of 396 yds on 67 plays (5.9 yards per play). Washington State ended up running for 4.4 yards per carry, totaling 115 yards on 26 carries.
When discussing putting points on the board, the Cougars had a ranking of 76th in Division 1 with a maintained average of 27.0 points per contest. Last season, the Cougars racked up 1,019 yards through the air in addition to averaging 254.8 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 42nd in Division 1. They averaged 129.3 yards per game on the ground and rushed for 517 yards for last year. The Washington State Cougars had an average of 384.0 yards/outing which had them ranked 76th in the nation. The Washington State offense racked up 187 yards of penalties on 21 violations, which was good for 125th in the country in terms of hurting your team. They threw 4 picks while losing 4 fumbles and they recorded 78 1st downs.
Washington State allowed the opposition a total of 619 rushing yards (154.8 yards per outing) as well as 9 touchdowns by way of the ground game over the course of last season. They tallied 4 fumbles recovered and 2 interceptions during the previous year. They allowed 11 touchdowns through the air as well as 307.0 yards per outing, which had them in 139th in college football. The Cougars defense took the field for 276 plays, which had them ranked 18th in college football. Last year, they conceded 154 total points. The Cougars surrendered 38.5 points per game, which had them ranked 130th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Aggies/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Aggies +16.5
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