Two of the west coast’s better college football teams clash in the Los Angeles Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 17 when the Washington State Cougars throw down against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Fresno will step onto the field at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood a -1 favorite. Will the Bulldogs grab the LA Bowl trophy? Or will Washington State go home with the hardware? Keep reading for College Football Bowl Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Washington State versus Fresno State.
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Washington State vs Fresno State Lines and Match Info
- When: Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 pm ET
- Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
- TV / Streaming: ABC / ESPN+
- ATS Odds: Fresno State -1
- Money line Odds: Washington State -102 / Fresno State -119
- Over/Under Odds: 54.5
Why bet on Washington State versus Fresno State?
In their final game of the regular season, the Cougars lost 51-33 versus rival Washington but the Huskies were one of the better teams in the Pac-12.
Before falling to their inter-state rivals, the Cougs had won 3 straight over Stanford, Arizona State, and Arizona. Washington State had also covered in 4 straight, including covering against conference champion Utah in a 21-17 loss.
Washington State Cougars Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 375.6
- Passing Yards: 262.9
- Rushing Yards: 112.7
- Points Scored: 27.8
- Turnovers: 8
Washington State Cougars Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 394.1
- Passing Yards: 266.8
- Rushing Yards: 127.3
- Points Scored: 22.4
- Takeaways: 12
Why bet on Fresno State versus Washington State?
Then over the blue field in Idaho, Fresno showed they were kings of the MWC in a 28-16 win over favored Boise State.
Fresno State Bulldogs Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 395.1
- Passing Yards: 269.4
- Rushing Yards: 125.7
- Points Scored: 30.7
- Turnovers: 5
Fresno State Bulldogs Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 350.8
- Passing Yards: 192.7
- Rushing Yards: 158.1
- Points Scored: 20.5
- Takeaways: 11
Cougars vs Bulldogs Relevant Trends
- Cougars are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 following a straight up loss
- Washington State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- Under is 11-2-1 in the Cougars’ last 14 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games
- Washington State is 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games after rushing for less than 100 yards in their previous
- Over is 5-2 in the Bulldogs’ last 7 games
Fresno State Bulldogs vs Washington State Cougars Final Betting Prediction
Washington State is a quality team, but the Cougars should struggle versus Fresno State. WSU’s defense allows 266.8 passing yards per game and that does not bode well.
The reason for Fresno’s late season surge is due to Jake Haener’s return from injury. Fresno State’s starting quarterback completes 72% of his passes and averages 290.7 passing yards per game.
Haener is great at changing plays at the line of scrimmage depending on the defense. So if Washington State tries to stop Fresno’s passing attack, Haener will audible for run plays.
The Bulldogs beat a better team to win the Mountain West Conference. Boise State is good. Washington State can score, but Fresno State’s defense has played well. Also, Pac-12 teams tend to fall flat in their bowl games. Fresno wins and covers.
NCAAF LA Bowl Pick: Fresno State Bulldogs -1