San Jose State Spartans (0-1) at Washington State Cougars (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 pm (Martin Stadium)
The Line: Washington State Cougars -34 -- Over/Under: 65 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The San Jose State Spartans will travel to Martin Stadium to take on the Washington State Cougars this upcoming Saturday in College Football action.
The San Jose State Spartans ended their 2017 season in a huge upset over Wyoming, however, the Spartans couldn’t ride that momentum into this season as they were upset against the FCS US Davis Aggies, 44-38, this past Thursday. San Jose State fell behind by a 35-21 margin at halftime and although they fought back to make it a one possession game entering the 4th quarter, the Spartans couldn’t fight back after a UC Davis TD gave the Aggies a 44-31 lead with 13:46 left in regulation. San Jose State was outgained by UC Davis by a 589-506 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for the San Jose offense was WR Bailey Gaither who had 137 receiving yards and 2 TD’s on 6 receptions. QB’s Montel Aaron and Josh Love split time behind center against combined for 363 yards passing with 3 TD’s and an INT. Leading the way for the San Jose backfield was Tyler Nevens who had 79 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on 18 carries. If there is anything that the Spartans can take from this game is that they have to be happy with the 38 points they put up on the board as last year, they averaged just 15.8 ppg on 318.1 total yards per game (120.1 rushing yds/g; 198.0 passing yds/g). Defensively, San Jose State was hoping that healthy roster would help improve a defense that allowing 41.7 ppg on 499.3 total yards per game (285.4 rushing yds/g; 213.9 passing yds/g) however, if the defense performance that we saw against the FCS UC Davis is any indication of what we’re going to see this season, it’s going to be hard to expect San Jose State to improve on their 1-win season from last year.
The Washington State Cougars had a battle with the Wyoming Cowboys to open their season however, we’re able to secure a 41-19 victory to start their 2018 season with a victory. Wyoming held a 19-13 lead late in the 3rd quarter, however, the Cougars offense got it going late in this one and scored 28 unanswered points to close out the game. Washington State outgained Wyoming by a 394-206 margin and held the Cowboys to just 15 first downs in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was East Carolina transfer, Gardner Minshew, who completed 38 of 57 passes for 319 yards and 3 TD’s. The leading receivers for the Cougars were Jamire Calvin (5 rec; 82 yards), Davontavean Martin (5 rec; 73 yards), and Dezmon Patmon (4 rec; 49 yards). The Cougars backfield was led by RB James Williams who had 82 rushing yards and a TD on 16 carries while also catching 10 balls out of the backfield for 53 yards and a TD. Offensively, Minshew had a lot to live up too in Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense after the record-setting Luke Falk helped the Cougars offense average 30.3 ppg on 434.8 total yards per game (68.0 rushing yds/g; 366.8 passing yds/g). Defensively, Washington State returns 7 starters from a underrated defense that held their opponents to an average of 25.8 ppg on 323.3 total yards per game (152.4 rushing yds/g; 170.9 passing yds/g).
The Spartans are 3-8-1 ATS in thier last 12 games overall and just 1-5-1 ATS in thier last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Cougars are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 15-6 ATS in thier last 21 games following a ATS win.
It took about a half for the Washington State offense to find it’s footing under their new QB, but once it did, it looked mighty impressive against a very good defense in a tough road environment. San Jose State is probably a bit better from the 2-11 team that we saw from last year’s team, however, this is still a team that if no one near being able to contend for a bowl game as there are still many questions on both ends of the field. Washington State is a huge favorite in this one, however, as I think the Cougars offense will be able to put up plenty of points and that the aggressive Cougars defense will also be able to put up some points, I’m taking the Cougars to cover this large spread.