Washington State Cougars vs Miami Hurricanes Prediction, 12/31/2021 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs Miami Hurricanes
Date: Friday, December 31, 2021
Location: Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-2.5)
The Washington State Cougars (7-5) are en route to Sun Bowl on Friday where they will try to beat the Miami Hurricanes (7-5) in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. Miami opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 59.
The Washington State Cougars head into this game 7-5 this year. The last time they took the field, the Cougars took the field against the Washington Huskies and notched a win by a score of 40-13. Max Borghi was the rushing leader for the Cougars with 22 carries for 129 yards (5.9 yds per attempt). Jayden De Laura finished 27/32 with 245 yards passing. He had a QB rate of 148.7 and ended the contest without throwing an interception. On the ground, the Cougars conceded 10 yards on 14 attempts, which calculates to 0.7 yards per rush surrendered. Washington State conceded 17 pass completions on 31 attempts for a total of 190 yds, and a completion rate of 54.8%. Overall, they tallied 73 plays which gave them 454 yards. The Washington State Cougars ran the football 41 times and accrued 209 yards, which had them averaging 5.1 yards per tote.
The Cougars have earned 4,688 total yards over the course of this year. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Washington State has earned 24 touchdowns via the pass and 18 touchdowns via the ground. They have surrendered the football 17 different times. Washington State has accrued 251 1st downs offensively, and they have committed 64 penalties for 571 yds. As a unit they're averaging 130.3 yards in the run game ranking them 95th in the country. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Washington State Cougars hold an average of 28.4 PPG.
The Cougars are sitting in 49th in D-1 in terms of team defense, giving up 24.3 PPG. The opposition is running for 4.7 yards per attempt on the ground and 160.4 yards on the ground per game so far this season. Overall, they have given up 1,925 rushing yards through 12 games. Concerning passing yards, the Cougars have conceded 2,626 yards which ranks them 48th in college football. They are allowing 218.8 yards per game through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 61.0%. Over the course of this season, they are giving up 379.2 yards/game putting them 68th in the nation. They have yielded 16 touchdowns by air in addition to 19 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Hurricanes come into this matchup with a record of 7-5 this year. In their last game, the Hurricanes got the victory with a final of 47-10 when they faced the Duke Blue Devils. Tyler Van Dyke (3 touchdowns) finished the game with 381 yds on 34/49 through the air while his QB rating was 154.9. He didn't toss any picks and his Y/A was 7.8. Jaylan Knighton ran the ball 13 times for 51 yds, finishing the game with 3.9 yards per carry for Miami. The Hurricanes ended up finishing with 530 yards while running 88 plays (6.0 yds per play). Miami ran the ball for 3.9 yds per carry, totaling 140 yds on 36 attempts. Miami allowed 34 rush attempts for 62 yards (1.8 yds per rush). The Hurricanes pass defense conceded a completion rate of 60.0%, relinquishing 157 yds on 21 for 35 passing.
The Miami Hurricanes maintain an average of 449.9 yards per contest, which ranks them 22nd in Division 1. The Miami offense has accrued 763 yds of penalties on 88 infractions, which has them ranked 25th in Division 1 in terms of making mistakes. Over the course of the season so far, the Hurricanes have compiled 3,853 yards via the pass as well as an average of 321.1 throwing yards per game, which ranks 10th in the nation. Regarding their ability to score points, the Hurricanes are sitting 26th in the country with an average of 34.1 points per game.
The Hurricanes are giving up 28.4 PPG, which puts them 85th in Division 1. Miami has conceded a total of 1,668 yards on the ground (139.0 yards per outing) as well as 16 touchdowns via the rush for the season. In total, they have conceded 341 points. They have allowed 22 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 250.6 yards/game, which has them in 101st in D-1. The Hurricanes defense has been on the field for 865 plays, which has them ranked 100th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Hurricanes college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Hurricanes -2.5
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