Arizona Wildcats (5-1) at Washington State Cougars (2-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 25, 2014, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington State Cougars +2.5 -- Over/Under:
The Washington State Cougars and the Arizona Wildcats face off on Saturday in a Pac-12 college football battle of two teams coming off of bye weeks.
The Washington State Cougars are 2-5 for the season and are two losses away from becoming ineligible for a bowl game this year. The Washington State offense is averaging 35 points per game and 534.7 yards per game but they have turned the ball over 12 times. QB Connor Halliday has had a big year completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 3,344 yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Jamal Morrow is WSU’s leading rusher averaging just 3.9 yards per carry and Vince Mayle and River Cracraft have 57 catches and seven catches each and Isiah Myers has 53 catches and seven touchdowns. The Washington State defense hasn’t been as good allowing 35 points and 443.7 yards per game with two interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 15 sacks. Daquawn Brown has 55 tackles, Darryl Monroe has 53 tackles, and Ivan McLennan has 3.5 sacks. This season has been disappointing for Wazzu.
The Arizona Wildcats have had a week off following their first loss of the season as they fell to USC. Arizona’s offense is averaging 37.5 points and 557 yards per game and they are led by QB Anu Solomon who has completed 62.6 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Nick Wilson leads the Arizona ground attack averaging 6.4 yards per carry with six touchdowns and Cayleb Jones is the Wildcats leading receiver with 39 catches and six touchdowns. The Arizona defense allows 26.8 points per game and 432 yards with four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and 15 sacks. Scooby Wright has 70 tackles including six sacks, Jared Tevis has 51 tackles, and William Parks has 3 tackles. Arizona still has plenty to play for despite the loss last time out.
Washington State is 5-2 against the spread I their last seven Pac-12 games, 8-2-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 5-1 against the spread following game that they scored less than 20 points. Arizona is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight Pac-12 games, 2-6 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games. The underdog has covered the point spread in 10 of the last 12 meetings of these two.
The line here looks to be about right as Washington State should be able to score enough to keep it interesting but with the line getting below a field goad Arizona is the better play.
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