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Washington vs. Oklahoma State - 1/2/15 Cactus Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-6) at Washington Huskies (8-5)

College Football: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 10:15 pm (Sun Devil Stadium)

The Line: Washington Huskies -6 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Washington Huskies and Oklahoma State Cowboys play Friday night at the Cactus Bowl in Sun Devil Stadium.

The Washington Huskies have split their last six games and are playing in their fifth straight bowl. Cyler Miles is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and three interceptions. Miles has four touchdowns and one pick in his last three games, and Washington has 26 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Jaydon Mickens and John Ross have combined for more than 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Joshua Perkins has eight receptions in his last two games. Washington’s ground game is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, as Dwayne Washington leads the way with 655 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Washington Huskies are allowing 24.4 points, 405.8 yards, and they’ve forced 49 sacks and 27 turnovers. John Timu leads Washington with 97 tackles and Hau'oli Kikaha has 24 tackles for loss.

Washington vs. Oklahoma State - 1/2/15 Cactus Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys have lost five of their last six games but are playing in their ninth straight bowl. Mason Rudolph is completing 53.3 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and three interceptions. Rudolph has played just two games this season, and OK State has 33 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Brandon Sheperd and David Glidden have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and six touchdowns while James Washington has six receptions in his last two games. Oklahoma State’s ground game is averaging 3.6 yards per carry, as Desmond Roland leads the way with 647 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are allowing 32 points, 437.3 yards, and they’ve forced 31 sacks and 12 turnovers. Jordan Sterns leads OK State with 98 tackles and Emmanuel Ogbah has 17 tackles for loss.

The Huskies are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cowboys are 2-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. 

Oklahoma State has been a mess all season long and nearly impossible to back. I don't think the Cowboys have the horses on either side of the ball to hang with Washington. The Huskies are a team on the rise and will score plenty of points against an OK State team that doesn't understand the concept of defense. Look for the Huskies to roll here. 

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