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Washington vs. Fresno State - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Fresno State Bulldogs (1-1) at Washington Huskies (2-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm (Husky Stadium)

The Line: Washington Huskies -33.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Networks

The Fresno State Bulldogs will travel to Husky Stadium to take on the 6th ranked Washington Huskies this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Fresno State Bulldogs are 1-1 on the season after losing to the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 41-10, this past Saturday. The Bulldogs were out matched from start to finish throughout the contest and couldn’t fight back after falling behind the Tide 31-3 with 2:03 left in the 3rd quarter. Fresno State was outgained by Alabama by a 497-274 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was QB Chason Virgil who completed 21 of 34 passes for 180 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. On the season, Fresno State is averaging 38.0 ppg on 443.5 total yards per game (315 passing yds/g; 128.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by QB Chason Virgil who has completed 58.7% of his passes on the season for 2 TD and 1 INT while averaging 213.0 yds/g. WR's KeeSean Johnson (87.5 yds/g, 7.5 rec/g) and Da'Mari Scott (49.5 yds/g, 4.5 rec/g) are the primary targets for the Bulldogs. A duo of freshman RB's in Ronnie Rivers (44.5 yds/g, 9 att/g, TD) and Jordan Mims (20 yds/g, 5 att/g, TD) lead the Bulldogs backfield. Defensively, Fresno State is holding their opponents to an average of 20.5 ppg on 311.0 total yards per game (173.5 passing yds/g; 137.5 rushing yds/g). The Bulldogs have forced 2 turnovers so far in the season and have a turnover margin of +1.

Washington vs. Fresno State - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 6th ranked Washington Huskies improved to 2-0 on the season after defeating the Montana Grizzlies 63-7, this past Saturday. Washington and their explosive offense had no trouble finding the end zone against the Grizzlies and easily went on to secure the victory after taking a 35-7 lead at halftime. The Huskies outgained the Grizzlies by a 506-163 margin and won the turnover battle by a 4-1 difference. Leading the way for the Huskies was QB Jake Browning who completed 22-26 passes for 259 yards, 2 TD, and 1 INT. On the season, Washington is averaging 46.5 ppg on 437.0 total yards per game (288.5 passing yds/g; 148.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Huskies are led by QB Jake Browning who has completed 69.6% of his passes on the season for 4 TD and 1 INT while averaging 271.5 passing yds/g. Browning’s top targets are TE Will Dissly (39.5 yds/g, 2.5 rec/g, 2 TD) and WR's Dante Pettis (58.5 yds/g, 3.5 rec/g).  Washington has a RB by committee approach which uses Myles Gakin (48.5 yds/g, 8 att/g, TD), Lavon Coleman (36.5 yds/g, 8.5 att/g, TD), and Salvon Ahmed (27 yds/g, 5 att/g, TD). Defensively, the Huskies are holding their opponents to 10.5 ppg on 236.0 total yards per game (155.0 passing yds/g; 81.0 rushing yds/g). Washington has forced 6 turnovers so far in the season and has a turnover margin of +5.

The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Mountain West opponents and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.

Fresno State sure made life tough for themselves scheduling back to back road games against Alabama and Washington and even though they have a decent QB and some offensive weapons at the receiver position, the Bulldogs just don’t have enough talent on either side of the ball to keep up with top-10 level teams. Washington is arguably the best team in the Pac-12 and is outstanding on both sides of the ball. This is a bunch of points, however, I expect to Washington to win this one to win somewhere in the range of a 48-10 margin and I’m taking the Huskies to cover this large spread.   

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