Washington State Cougars vs Fresno State Bulldogs Prediction, 12/17/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs Fresno State Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Bulldogs (+3.5)
The Washington State Cougars (7-5) are traveling to SoFi Stadium on Saturday, December 17, 2022 where they will compete against the Fresno State Bulldogs (9-4) in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl. Fresno State opens as 3.5-point dogs. The total has been set at 50.5.
The Washington State Cougars head into this matchup 7-5 for this season. In their last matchup, the Cougars went up against the Washington Huskies and went home with a loss by a final score of 51-33. Cameron Ward connected on 33/52 with 322 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 128.2 and walked away from the contest without throwing a pick. Nakia Watson was the best rusher for the Cougars with 15 carries for 73 yards (4.9 yards per attempt). In all, they ran 89 plays which gave them 433 yds. The Washington State Cougars rushed the ball a total of 36 different times and amassed 75 yds, which came out to an average of 2.1 yards per carry. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Cougars conceded 218 yards on 24 tries, which is 9.1 yards per run allowed. Washington State gave up 25 pass completions on 43 tries for a total of 485 yds, and a completion rate of 58.1%.
The Cougars have earned 4,506 total yards this season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Washington State has compiled 24 passing touchdowns and 16 touchdowns via the ground. They have turned the football over 17 times. Washington State has amassed 245 1st downs offensively, and they have been called for 64 infractions for 538 yards. As a team they average 112.0 yards on the ground which is 113th in college football. In terms of scoring, the Washington State Cougars are averaging 27.8 PPG.
The Cougars rank 33rd in the nation when it comes to their opponents scoring, allowing 22.4 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.8 yards per rushing attempt and 127.4 yards on the ground per game for the season. In total, they have conceded 1,529 yards via the ground game in 12 outings. Regarding passing yards, the Cougars have given up 3,200 yards which ranks them 111th in college football. They have relinquished 266.7 yards per outing through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 61.8%. Overall, they have surrendered 394.1 yards per game putting them 80th in D-1. They have relinquished 17 touchdowns via the pass as well as 16 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Bulldogs come into this game with a record of 9-4 this season. In their last game, the Bulldogs walked away with a victory by a final of 28-16 when they played the Boise State Broncos. Jake Haener (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 184 yards on 17/27 through the air while his QB rate was 132.4. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 6.8. Jordan Mims carried the ball 25 times for 83 yards, finishing the contest with 3.3 yds per carry for Fresno State. Fresno State ran the ball for 1.7 yards per tote, totaling 61 yds on 35 carries. The Bulldogs finished the contest with 245 yards while they ran 62 plays (4.0 yards per play). The Bulldogs passing defense gave up a completion rate of 44.7%, relinquishing 175 yards on 17 for 38 passing. Fresno State allowed 30 run attempts for 146 yds (4.9 yards per carry).
Concerning their scoring prowess, the Bulldogs rank 50th in Division 1 averaging 30.7 points per game. For the year so far, the Bulldogs currently have a total of 3,507 yards through the air as well as an average of 269.8 passing yards per outing, putting them at 27th in Division 1. The Fresno State Bulldogs average 395.2 yards/contest, which has them ranked 62nd in D-1. The Fresno State offense has 532 penalty yds on 57 violations, which is 112th in the country in terms of giving up free yards.
The Bulldogs are surrendering 20.5 points per contest, which has them sitting 25th in the nation. Fresno State has allowed a total of 2,049 yards via the ground game (157.6 yards per outing) and 16 touchdowns via the rush so far this year. Over the course of the season, they have given up 267 total points. They have given up 14 touchdowns through the air and 193.3 yards/game, which has them sitting 23rd in Division 1. The Bulldogs defense has been on the field for 865 plays, ranking them 101st in the country.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Bulldogs college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bulldogs +3.5
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