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Written by Mitch Wilson on October 27, 2013

Washington State Cougars vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/31/13: Mitch's Free College Football Pick Against the Spread
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Washington State and Arizona State face off in the fourth college football game of the night on Thursday.

The Washington State Cougars and the Arizona State Sun Devils face off on Thursday in a Pac-12 college football matchup.

The Washington State Cougars are improved and headed in the right direction but they still have some improving to do if they want to be competing with the teams at the top of the Pac-12. Washington State hits their ninth game of the 2013 season at 4-4 and the offense is averaging 30.9 points and 431.5 yards per game but they have turned the ball over 25 times. QB Connor Halliday has completed 63.8 percent of his passes fir 2,798 yards and 18 touchdowns bur he has thrown 17 interceptions which is just far too many. Marcus Mason has rushed for 208 yards and a touchdowns and he has 27 receptions and a receiving touchdown and Theondray Caldwell has rushed for a 5.1 yard per carry average with a touchdown. The WSU receivers are led by Gabe marks with 59 catches and 5 touchdowns, Ricky Galvin has 28 catches and a touchdown, and Kristoff Williams has 26 catches. The Wazzu defense is allowing 29.9 points and 440.4 yards per game with 11 interceptions, 15 sacks, and eight fumble recoveries. Deone Bucannon has 73 tackles and four interceptions, Cyrus Coen has 49 tackles and three sacks as does Darryl Monroe. Washington State has some work to do but they need to win half of their final four games to be bowl eligible.

The Arizona State Sun Devils enter their eighth game of the season at 5-2 and they have scored over 50 points in three of their last four games. The ASU offense is averaging 45.4 points per game and they also average 509.1 yards per game while turning the ball over 10 times. Taylor Kelly has completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,236 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions and he has also rushed for 249 yards and three touchdowns. Marion Grice has rushed for 553 yards and 12 touchdowns and he has caught 33 passes for another six touchdowns. Jaelen Strong has 45 catches with four touchdowns, D.J. Foster has 36 catches, Chris Coyle has 18 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively Arizona State is allowing 26.7 points and 349.3 yards per game with 10 interceptions, six fumble recoveries, and 17 sacks. Chris Young has 44 tackles, Davon Coleman has 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks, and Alden Darby has31 tackles and two interceptions. ASU’s losses are to Notre Dame and Stanford but they are in position to have a special season.

Washington State is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games, 4-0 against the spread following a loss, and 8-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Arizona State is 5-1 against the spread in their last six Pac-12 games, 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games. The home team has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.

With the potential for a ton of offense the total is set in the sky at 71.5 but I don't see that as being totally out of reach and my free pick here is on the over. 

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Mitch's Pick: Over 71.5


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