Miami vs. Washington State - 12/26/15 College Football Sun Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Hurricanes (8-4) at Washington State Cougars (8-4)
College Football: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Sun Bowl)
The Line: Washington State Cougars -2.5 -- Over/Under: 63 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Hurricanes and Washington State Cougars meet Saturday afternoon in the Hyundai Sun Bowl at the Sun Bowl.
The Miami Hurricanes look for their first bowl victory since the 2006 season when Larry Coker was coach. Brad Kaaya is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 3,019 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaaya has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Rashawn Scott and Stacy Coley have combined for 1,265 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Herb Waters has 38 receptions. The Miami Hurricanes ground game is averaging 119.5 yards per contest, and Joseph Yearby leads the way with 939 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Miami is allowing 28.8 points and 406.8 yards per game. Jermaine Grace leads the Hurricanes with 76 tackles, Artie Burns has six interceptions and Al-Quadin Muhammad has five sacks. Tyre Brady is questionable due to suspension.
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The Washington State Cougars are looking for their first bowl win since 2003 when Bill Doba was coach. Luke Falk is completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,266 yards, 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Falk has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Gabe Marks and Dom Williams have combined for 2,122 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns while River Cracraft has 48 receptions. The Washington State Cougars ground game is averaging 79.9 yards per contest, and Gerard Wicks leads the way with 599 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Washington State is allowing 28.8 points and 422.8 yards per game. Peyton Pelluer leads the Cougars with 98 tackles, Shalom Luani has three interceptions and Hercules Mata’afa has six sacks. Gabe Marks is out and Joe Dahl is questionable.
The Hurricanes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Bowl games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on turf. The Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 6-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Miami has been a different team ever since Al Golden was fired and will love nothing more than to end this season with a big bowl win. Washington State has also had a solid season but that one dimensional offense likely isn't going to have a ton of success against the athletes and playmakers of the Canes secondary.
I like the Hurricanes to win outright, but I'll take the couple of points to be safe.