College Football Picks: Arizona State vs Washington State

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 1:45 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 1:45 PM GMT

The Arizona State Sun Devils have enjoyed great success in non-Saturday games recently, as they prepare to take on the Washington State Cougars Thursday night. Have we decided to place our cash on the total or the money line for our NCAAF pick?

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds page for this Pac-12 Conference matchup from Martin Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Absolutely rolling

Arizona State entered its bye week on a two-game winning streak, which included a 53-24 blowout victory over the Washington Huskies as 3.5-point home favorites on Oct. 19, while winning the statistical battle by at least 264 yards in each of those affairs.

The Sun Devils are averaging 45.4 points per game—sitting just below the school-record of 46.8 that was set in 1972 in that particular category.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Sun Devils are 2-6 SU/ATS in Weeks 10 through 13.

Going in the wrong direction

Washington State will try to put an end to its two-game losing streak, which includes a 62-38 defeat to the Oregon Ducks as 40-point road underdogs in Week 8, while going OVER the betting total in each of those contests.

The Cougars have lost the statistical battle in their last four games after out-gaining their first four opponents of the 2013 campaign.

A great situation

College football handicappers will want to take a long look at the road favorite in this spot, as the Sun Devils are 17-5 SU in non-Saturday games during the regular season over the last 15 campaigns, including a 9-2 mark on Thursdays.

Arizona State’s defense is the key unit to handicap, as that group ranks fourth in the country in forcing opponents into 6.7 three-and-outs per game.

Series history

The Cougars have dropped eight of their last nine meetings with the Sun Devils, including a 46-7 setback as 22-point road underdogs last year, as they were out-gained by a 320-yard margin.

Washington State will also be searching for its first home win against a ranked opponent since 2006.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for their college football pick, as the Cougars held the Stanford Cardinal to 256 total yards after their regular-season bye week in 2012, while the Sun Devils may have trouble adjusting to game-time temperatures in the mid-40s.

NCAAF Pick:  Under 71.5

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