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Heart of Dallas Bowl: Washington vs. Southern Miss - 12/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Huskies (6-6) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (9-4)

College Football: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Cotton Bowl)

The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +8.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles take the field with the Washington Huskies in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

The Washington Huskies leaned on their defense more often then not to control the scoreboard and give their offense a chance to win games. That was with good reason as UW averaged almost 30 points on 388 yards with average rushing and passing attacks. The defense was the bread and butter of the Huskies with just 18 points allowed on 350 yards with a top 30 run ‘D’ leading the way. QB Jake Browning could throw with almost 2,700 yards but 16 touchdowns and ten INT’s was not good.  Jaydon Mickens and Joshua Perkins were the Huskies top receivers with over 1,000 yards on 83 receptions while Myles Gaskin was one of the top runners in the game with 1,121 yards on 201 carries. 

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Washington vs. Southern Miss - 12/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have emerged from several years as being an also ran to reaching the championship of the CUSA. The 9-4 Golden Eagles outscored the opposition 41-24 behind the 520 yards of offense and the #12 air attack that averaged 328 yards. He defense allowed 264 yards and 24 points and defended both the pass and run well. Nick  Mullens was a deadly passer with over 4,100 yards with 36 scores and 12 picks with Michael Thomas (62-1201), Casey Martin (76-855) and DJ Thompson (52-743) giving Southern Miss three quality receivers. The tandem of Jalen Richard and Ito Smith devastated opposing run defenses with almost 1,100 yards apiece.

The under is 6-0 in Huskies last 6 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game and is 5-1 in Huskies last 6 non-conference games while Washington  are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. The Golden Eagles are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game while the under is 9-0 in Golden Eagles last 9 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. I don’t  care for the chalk but I think the Huskies have enough defense to win…

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Washington -8.5

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