Washington State Will Avoid Letdown at Cal in Friday Pac-12 Action

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Mark Lathrop

Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:15 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 10:15 PM GMT

It's Friday night action in the Pac-12 Conference this week as No. 8 Washington State looks to avoid a potential trap game at Cal. The Cougars are 15-point favorites. Too many to give? Our capper tells you. 

No. 8 Washington State Cougars at Cal Golden Bears

The Cougars look to continue their newfound road success in a nationally televised Friday night ESPN game against Cal. Wazzu has started 6-0 this season, and after wins against USC and Oregon finds itself ranked No. 8 in the country. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, it has been a madhouse with both Washington and Washington State ranked in the top 8 for the first time in almost 3 decades.

The events of last week have combined to create significant line movement towards the Cougars. After opening as 12.5-point favorites against Cal, the line has shot up to 15 across the board. Cal’s performance against the Washington Huskies didn’t help, as the Bears got manhandled in a 38-7 loss last week. It was a shocking display of offensive ineptitude for the Bears, as Ross Bowers continued his trend of being the most sacked QB in the Pac-12. He has lost 142 yards in those sacks and has nearly the worst QB rating in the conference.

That poorly ranked Cal offense will go up against the best passing defense in the Pac-12, which only gives up 146.3 yards per game and has 8 interceptions. . The Cougars are also ranked 3rd in the Pac-12 in giving up 18.5 points per game and 275.5 yards per game overall. It’s not hard to understand, then, with Washington State putting up huge numbers on offense that the line is where it is currently sitting.

Not only does Washington State have the Air Raid offense of Mike Leach and one of the best defenses the Cougars have had in decades, they are a disciplined team that is nearly last in the Pac-12 in accepted penalties. They definitely pass the eye test for an elite overall squad, something that Cal does not when faced with superior opposition.

California struggled against Washington State last year, falling behind 28-7 at half before finally losing 56-21. Interestingly enough, the Cougars ran for 254 yards in that game, and it is their running backs that I am keying into for this game as well. Both James Williams and Jamal Morrow for are deadly catching dump passes out of the backfield, and Williams leads the Cougars in receptions with 41. They are fast, you don’t know where they are going, and the addition of them as primary passing targets makes the Cougar offense even more effective.

The Cougars will outmatch Cal in every facet of the game here, and I’d suggest laying the chalk with them in this game. I took WSU when the line was at -14, and I’d take them there again if you could buy a half point. Look to the first-half line for value as well at -7.5 at BetOnline. I’ll be taking WSU and giving points as my college football pick for this game on Friday night.

Free NCAAF Pick: Washington State -15Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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