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Washington State vs. UCLA - 9/21/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington State vs. UCLA
Date & Time Saturday September 21, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Martin Stadium
Pullman, WA
The Line
The Line: Washington State -17.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN
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The UCLA Bruins and Washington State Cougars meet Saturday in college football action at Martin Stadium.

The UCLA Bruins are desperate for a victory after a rough 0-3 start to the season. The UCLA Bruins have lost five of their last six road games. Dorian Thompson-Robinson is completing 54 percent of his passes for 556 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Thompson-Robinson has six touchdown passes in his last five games. Demetric Felton and Devin Asiasi have combined for 285 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jaylen Erwin has eight receptions. The UCLA Bruins ground game is averaging 78 yards per contest, and Demetric Felton leads the way with 164 yards on 38 carries. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 31.7 points and 467 yards per game. Krys Barnes leads the UCLA Bruins with 26 tackles, Odua Isibor has one sack and Jay Shaw has one interception.

The Washington State Cougars look for another victory to build on their solid 3-0 start to the season. The Washington State Cougars have won eight of their last nine home games. Anthony Gordon is completing 78.7 percent of his passes for 1,324 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Gordon has 12 touchdown passes on 127 career pass attempts. Brandon Arconado and Easop Winston Jr. have combined for 542 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Dezmon Patmon has 13 receptions. The Washington State Cougars ground game is averaging 91 yards per contest, and Max Borghi leads the way with 202 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Washington State is allowing 16 points and 346.3 yards per game. Jahad Woods leads the Washington State Cougars with 24 tackles, Will Rodgers III has two sacks and Hank Pladson has one interception.   

The Bruins are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games, 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 games in September and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cougars are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 home games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Bruins are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 meetings in Washington State and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Cougars last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 road games.

The UCLA Bruins have split their last 14 games ATS when a double-digit underdog. The Washington State Cougars have covered nine of their last 12 games as a double-digit favorite. UCLA hasn't looked good on either side of the ball through three games, especially on offense where you'd think Kelly would start to have his fingerprints on this unit in his second year. Washington State was in a dogfight against Houston and has a massive road trip against Utah on deck, so this could be looked at as a trap game. Regardless, UCLA has been so bad up to this point that backing them isn't an option. It's Washington State or pass.

Pick:
Washington State -17.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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