Arizona vs. Washington State - 10/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona vs. Washington State - 10/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Washington State Cougars (7-1) at Arizona Wildcats (5-2)

College Football: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm (Arizona Stadium)

The Line: Arizona Wildcats +5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The 15th ranked Washington State Cougars will travel to Arizona Stadium to take on the Arizona Wildcats this Saturday night in College Football action.

The 15th ranked Washington State Cougars improved to 7-1 (4-1 PAC-12) on the season after defeating the Colorado Buffaloes 28-0, this past Saturday. Washington State was outstanding on the defensive end throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 21-0 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Cougars outgained the Buffaloes by a 406-174 margin and held Colorado to just 1 for 17 on 3rd down attempts. Leading the way for Washington State was QB Luke Falk who completed 17 of 34 passes for 197 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Cougars are averaging 33.6 ppg on 448.9 total yards per game (359.8 passing yds/g; 18.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State is led by QB Luke Falk who has completed 68.7% of his passes on the season for 22 TD and 7 INT while averaging 310.4 passing yds/g. Falk and the Washington State offense have talent at WR position in Tavares Martin Jr. (5.3 rec/g, 71.7 yds/g, 7 TD), Renard Bell (2.9 rec/g, 50.3 yds/g, 2 TD), and Isaiah Johnson-Mack (5.0 rec/g, 47.0 yds/g, 3 TD). The Cougars backfield is led by Jamal Morrow (7.0 att/g, 51.5 yds/g, 3 TD) and James Williams (9.0 att/g, 38.5 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 29.3 ppg on 419.6 total yards per game (257.6 passing yds/g; 162.0 rushing yds/g). The Cougars have forced 16 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –2.

The Arizona Wildcats improved to 5-2 (3-1 PAC-12) on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears 45-44 in double OT, this past Saturday. Arizona allowed California to fight back from a 21-7 halftime deficit to force OT, however, the Wildcats defense came up big at the end as they prevent the game winning 2pt-conversation attempt by the Golden Bears. The Wildcats outgained the Golden Bears by a 511-473 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 difference. Leading the way for Arizona was Khalil Tate who completed 10 of 15 passes for 166 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT while rushing 17 times for 137 yards and 1 TD. On the season, the Wildcats are averaging 43.1 ppg on 514.0 total yards per game (171.3 passing yds/g; 342.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona is led by QB Khalil Tate who has completed 72.0% of his passes on the season for 4 TD and 2 INT while averaging 101.8 passing yds/g. Tate has been outstanding as a rusher this season as he has 7 rushing TD’s while averaging 156.0 rushing yds/g on 11.2 att/g. The Wildcats receivers are led by WR Shun Brown (3.3 rec/g, 48.0 yds/g, 3 TD), WR Tony Ellison (2.9 rec/g, 47.0 yds/g, 2 TD), and TE Bryce Wolma (3.1 rec/g, 27.4 yds/g, 2 TD). The backfield is led by J.J. Taylor (11.1 att/g, 52.3 yds/g, 2 TD) and Nick Wilson (11.5 att/g, 58.8 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, Arizona is allowing their opponents to an average of 29.3 ppg on 419.6 total yards per game (257.6 passing yds/g; 162.0 rushing yds/g). The Wildcats have forced 15 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +5.

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The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in October. The Wildcats are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games on grass and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in October.

Washington State had a nice bounce back victory against Colorado and have one of the better QB’s in the country in Luke Falk. Arizona comes into this game winners of 3 straight games and has been outstanding since going with QB Khalil Tate who has been running over teams the last few weeks. Washington State is an outstanding team, however, they have yet to really show they can put up the same type of performance on the road as they’ve done at home and as I think the Arizona defense is somewhat underrated, I think the Wildcats at worse cover with the points. 

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Brett’s Pick Arizona Wildcats +5

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