CFB Picks: Utah vs Washington State 12/19/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions

CFB Picks: Utah vs Washington State 12/19/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State Cougars (1-2) at Utah Utes (2-2)

College Football: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:30 pm (Rice-Eccles Stadium)

The Line: Utah Utes -10.5 -- Over/Under: 58 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

The Utah Utes  battle the Washington State Cougars in a Pac-12 conference college football matchup from Rice-Eccles Stadium in Utah on Saturday afternoon.

The Washington State Cougars will try to finish their season on a high note after sitting at 1-2 with their last matchup against Cal cancelled due to COVID-19. Jayden de Laura has thrown for 682 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 60.4% passing while Deon McIntosh leads the Cougars in rushing with 304 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Renard Bell leads Washington State’s receiving group with 27 grabs for 294 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Travell Harris has 275 receiving yards and a pair of scores as well. On defense, Daniel Isom has a team-high 23 total tackles including 15 solo tackles while Ron Stone Jr. and Brennan Jackson each have 1.5 sacks for Washington State this season.

The Utah Utes will look to finish the season above .500 after improving to 2-2 with back-to-back wins following a 38-21 win over Colorado last time out. Jake Bentley has thrown for 729 yards, 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 63.6% passing while Ty Jordan leads the Utes in rushing with 443 rushing yards and 3 TDs. Brant Kuithe leads Utah with 175 receiving yards and 19 catches while Bryan Thompson has 155 receiving yards and Britain Covey has 130 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns. On defense, Devin Lloyd and Nephi Sewell each have a team-high 24 solo tackles while Lloyd leads Utah with 38 total tackles and Sewell has a pair of interceptions. Vonte Davis also has a pair of INTs for the Utes while Mika Tafua and Hauati Pututau each have a pair of sacks for Utah this season.

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Washington State is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 12-5-1 in their last 18 games following a loss. Utah is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Washington State is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Yeesh. Talk about two teams that I really don’t want anything to do with even in a makeup game. That may seem weird to say about a Utah team at home that’s won back-to-back games, but there’s something that makes me a bit queasy when Jake Bentley is your starting QB and anyone who watches SEC football probably knows what I’m talking about. Washington State has had their fair share of cancellations, but the Cougars do have a nice up and coming QB in Jayden de Laura and I think that the Cougars step up and keep this one fairly close in their finale. I’ll take Washington State and the points in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Washington State +10.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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