Washington State Cougars (8-1) at Colorado Buffaloes (5-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 10, 2018, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes +5 -- Over/Under:
The 8th ranked Washington State Cougars will travel to Folsom Field to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 8th ranked Washington State Cougars won their 5th straight game and improved to 8-1 (5-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears, 19-13, this past Saturday. Washington State had all they could handle agianst a tough California defense, however, was able to pick up victory after a 10-YD TD receptions by Easop Winston with just :32 seconds left in regulation gave the Cougars the lead for good. Washington State outgained California by a 413-291 margin and forced two turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was QB Gardner Minshew who completed 35 of 51 passes for a TD & INT. On the season, Washington State is averaging 38.3 ppg on 469.2 total yards per game (397.4 passing yds/g; 71.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State has been led by QB Gardner Minshew who has completed 70.8% of his passes for 27 TD & 7 INT while averaging 390.8 passing yds/g. The top receivers for Minshew and the Cougars have been Dezmon Patmon (4.9 rec/g; 69.0 yds/g; 3 TD), Easop Winston (4.7 rec/g; 61.7 yds/g; 7 TD), and Davontavean Martin (5.8 rec/g; 53.2 yds/g; 7 TD). Leading the way for the Cougars backfield has been the duo of James Williams (9.6 att/g; 41.9 yds/g; 8 TD) and Max Borghi (5.2 att/g; 27.2 yds/g; 6 TD). Williams is also a threat in the passing game out of the backfield as he has 3 receiving TD’s on the season while averaging 51.4 yds/g on 6.4 rec/g. Defensively, Washington State is allowing their opponents to average 23.8 ppg on 325.4 total yards per game (194.4 passing yds/g; 131.0 rushing yds/g).
The Colorado Buffaloes lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 5-4 (2-4 Pac-12 ) on the season after being defeated by the Arizona Wildcats, 42-34, this past Friday night. In a high scoring game that saw 40 combined points in the 2nd quarter, Arizona was able to take an 8-point lead on a 57-Yard TD reception by Cedric Peterson with 13:04 left in regulation and held the Buffaloes scoreless in the 4th quarter. Colorado was outgained by Arizona by a 566-383 margin and committed two turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was QB Steven Montez who completed 27 of 42 passes for 343 yards, 3 TD’s, and an INT. On the season, Colorado is averaging 32.2 ppg on 433.3 total yards per game (271.2 passing yds/g; 162.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado has been by WR Laviska Shenault Jr. who has 11 total TD’s on the season (6 receiving; 5 rushing) while averaging 130 receiving yds/g on 10.0 rec/g. Shenault Jr. has missed his last three games due to a toe injury and is currently questionable for this game. QB Steven Montez has completed 67.6% of his passes for 17 TD & 5 INT while averaging 266.2 passing yds/g. The Buffaloes have been really hurt injuries at the WR position as outside of Shenault Jr. their 2nd leading receiver in K.D. Nixon (5.2 rec/g; 63.2 yds/g; 3 TD) is currently questionable with an upper body injury. If Shenault Jr. and Nixon can’t go, the Buffaloes will be relying on Tony Brown (3.3 rec/g; 36.2 yds/g; TD), 3.8 rec/g; 42.0 yds/g; TD), and Kabion Ento (0.9 rec/g; 12.0 yds/g). Leading the way for the Buffaloes backfield has been RB Travon McMillian who has 5 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 93.0 yds/g on 17.6 att/g. Defensively, Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 25.9 ppg on 387.2 total yards per game (237.0 passing yds/g; 150.2 rushing yds/g).
The Cougars are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The Buffaloes are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 conference games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November.
Washington State comes into this matchup with the top-ranked passing offense and that should terrify the Buffaloes who just let Khalil Tate light them up for 350 yards and 5 TD’s. Colorado has been in a tailspin over the last month and although they have a solid QB in Steven Montez, the Buffaloes are extremely thin at the WR position due to injuries. Colorado lost to 2-7 Oregon State at home two weeks ago and I just don’t see how Gardner Minshew and the Cougars don’t win this one by double-digits.