Washington State Cougars vs Utah Utes Prediction, 9/25/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs Utah Utes
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Utes (-13.5)
The Washington State Cougars (1-2) are traveling to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday where they will try to defeat the Utah Utes (1-2). Utah opens this contest as 13.5-point favorites. The over/under is 53.5.
The Washington State Cougars head into this game 1-2 this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Cougars played against the USC Trojans and ended up losing by a score of 45-14. Jayden De Laura went 10/19 with 117 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 128.6 and ended the contest with 1 interception. Max Borghi was the leader on the ground for the Cougars with 13 carries for 72 yds (5.5 yards per carry). Overall, they had 64 plays which converted into 279 yards. The Washington State Cougars ran the ball 30 different times and recorded 99 yds, which came out to an average of 3.3 yds per carry. On the ground, the Cougars gave up 48 yards on 25 tries, which is an average of 1.9 yards per run allowed. Washington State gave up 31 pass completions on 48 tries for a total of 399 yds, and a completion percentage of 64.6%.
When it comes to putting the ball in the endzone, the Washington State Cougars are averaging 27.0 points per outing. As a team they're averaging 135.7 yards on the ground ranking this team at 93rd in the country. The Cougars have earned 1,101 total yards for the season. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Washington State has earned 6 passing touchdowns and 4 touchdowns via the ground. Washington State has accounted for 62 1st downs as an offense, and they have been called for 14 infractions for 111 yds. They have surrendered the ball 6 times.
When talking about yards through the air, the Cougars are giving up 936 yards which puts them in 131st in the nation. They have relinquished 312.0 yards per contest via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 61.1%. Overall, they are allowing 436.0 yards/game putting them 119th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.8 yards per rushing attempt and 124.0 yards on the ground per game this year. In total, they have conceded 372 running yards through 3 games. The Cougars are ranked 120th in Division 1 regarding team defense, allowing 31.7 PPG.
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The Utes come into this matchup with a record of 1-2 this season. In their last game, the Utes walked away with a loss by a score of 33-31 when they faced the San Diego State Aztecs. Cameron Rising (3 touchdowns) ended the contest with 153 yards on 19/32 passing while his quarterback rate was 130.5. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 4.8. Micah Bernard ran the football 17 times for 47 yards, finishing the contest with 2.8 yds per carry for Utah. The Utes finished the contest with a total of 327 yards while running 89 plays (3.7 yds per play). Utah ran for 2.3 yards per tote, finishing the contest with 70 yards on 31 carries. Utah relinquished 45 rush attempts for 204 yards (4.5 yds per rush). The Utes pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 52.6%, relinquishing 44 yds on 10 out of 19 passing.
The Utah Utes are averaging 372.3 yards per game, which has them sitting 84th in the country. The Utah offense has totaled 121 penalty yards on 15 infractions, which ranks 103rd in D-1 in terms of helping out the opposition. Over the course of the season thus far, the Utes have thrown for 666 yards via the pass as well as an average of 222.0 throwing yards per contest, which ranks 74th in college football. When looking at their ability to score points, the Utes are sitting 73rd in college football averaging 29.3 PPG.
The Utes are allowing 25.3 points per game, which has them 91st in D-1. Utah has surrendered a total of 485 yards rushing (161.7 yards per game) and 2 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the campaign. In total, they have conceded 76 points in total. They have given up 5 touchdowns through the air as well as 135.3 yards per game, which puts them in 20th in Division 1. The Utes defense has participated in 203 plays, which is good for 81st in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Utes college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cougars +13.5
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