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  • Event: (145) WASHINGTON STATE at (146) UTAH
    Sport/League: CFB
    Date/Time: September 28, 2019 10PM EDT
    Play: 3% – WASHINGTON STATE 5.5 (-110)
    Play Rating: 3%
    Result: Loss

    3%  Take Washington State (#145)

    Utah showed a legitimate defensive weakness last week, bad news against Washington State’s potent passing attack.   It was the first time all season that the Utes had faced a good passing team with big play wideouts after feasting on BYU, Northern Illinois and Idaho State to open the campaign.  The Utes did not pass that test, even against a backup/third string/fourth string quarterback (it’s been a revolving door at USC all season).  Again and again, the Trojans were able to convert on third downs with big gainers downfield.  That’s not a problem I expect Kyle Whittingham to be able to correct in one week.

    The Utes also have significant offensive issues to deal with as well.  Their offense is based on RB Zack Moss running the football, but Moss was knocked out of the USC game with a shoulder injury, very questionable here.  QB Tyler Huntley is expected to play, but he was limping last week and is dealing with a foot injury.  This is not an explosive offense when everyone is healthy.  When they’re not healthy, they’ll struggle to keep pace with high scoring Wazzou.

    Washington State won straight up as an underdog against Utah last year.  They won SU as an underdog here in Salt Lake City two years ago.  The Cougs, too, are coming off a loss, but unlike Utah, theirs was fluky – blowing a 32 point second half lead thanks to six turnovers against UCLA.  Let’s not forget, though, that Washington State hung 63 on the Bruins despite those six turnovers – this offense scores, plain and simple.

    Cougs QB Anthony Gordon, sounds pretty confident talking about Utah’s defense and how they were switching between man coverage and zone coverage last week in an effort to stop USC’s passing game:  “If people want to man up our receivers, they’re going to have a tough time doing it. We’re great on the outside, great on the inside. So we’re not really too worried about what they’re going to do. If they’re in man, we’ll attack them. If they’re in zone, we’re going to sit in our spots and we’re going to hit the open guy.” 

    Wassou is not a hangover team.  They haven’t lost back-2-back regular season games since 2016; live dogs again here on Saturday Night.  Take Washington State.

    Line Parameter: 3% at +4.5 or higher, 2% at +4 or lower

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