Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-6) at Washington Huskies (8-5)
|Date & Time||Friday January 2, 2015, 10:15 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Huskies -5 -- Over/Under: 55.5
The Oklahoma State Cowboys take the field with the Washington Huskies in the Ticketcity Cactus Bowl.
The Washington Huskies won their first four games and ended the regular season with back to back victories to finish at 8-5 and give Chris Peterson his first Bowl with the Huskies. UW gave up 406 yards and 24 points that could stop the run but not the pass with 284 yards allowed. The offense didn't really stand out with 390 yards and 31 points although this unit did pack some punch on the ground at 195 yards. Cyler Miles was productive under center and didn't make mistakes with 2,129 yards with 16 scores and three picks. Jaydon Mickens and John Ross led the receiving corps with 535 yards and 371 yards respectively with ten players posting ten catches or more. Dwayne Washington and Lavon Coleman were the one, two punch on the ground with 655 yards and 564 yards with Shaq Thompson adding 456 yards and averaging 7.5 yards per touch.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys began 2014 at 4-1 and ended it at 1-4 with an overtime victory versus Oklahoma in their final game making them Bowl eligible at 6-6. The Cowboys struggled defensively with 437 yards and 32 points while OSU totaled 27 points on 371 yards with above average passing. Quarterback Daxx Garman struggled with accuracy and made some mistakes as he connected on 55% of his throws for 2,041 yards with 12 TD's and 12 interceptions. The nucleus of the receiving corps were Brandon Sheperd, David Glidden and James Washington with over 1,600 yards. The rushing attack was a two man show with Desmond Roland and Tyreek Hill totaling 647 yards and 534 yards respectively. The Cowboys simply were not as explosive as we've seen from team over the years.
The under is 6-1 in Huskies last 7 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game and under is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 non-conference games while the over is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 vs. Big 12. For Oklahoma State the over is 4-0 in Cowboys last 4 non-conference games while the Cowboys are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game with the over going 4-1 in Cowboys last 5 games on grass. I think this the Huskies game to win or lose and I'm thinking win...