BYU-Washington State Betting Line Moves In Wake of Nick Rolovich Firing
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The Washington State Cougars football program cut ties with Nick Rolovich on Monday evening.
The head coach was in the midst of his second year at Wazzu. He refused the Washington state mandate Monday, which requires all employees to have the COVID-19 vaccination.
Rolovich’s departure triggered a move in the betting market for Saturday’s game against BYU. The home team moved from as low as 1-point underdog to as high as +3.5, before settling at +3 around the market.
Rolovich finished 5-6 both straight up and against the spread in Pullman. He was at Hawaii prior, posting a 28-27 win-loss record on the island.
Head coaches on the hot seat coming through in tight situations were quite common in Week 7.
LSU’s Ed Orgeron picked up what looked like a job-saving outright victory over Florida, only for the program and head coach to agree to mutually separate by the end of the season.
Rolovich, meanwhile, went out with a bang, watching the Cougars down Stanford on a late touchdown.
Washington State has quietly won and covered three straight entering Week 8. The club has performed well in the underdog role, winning three consecutive against the number, with two of those victories outright.
Saturday’s opponent, BYU, is playing its second straight road game. The program was battered in Week 7 by Baylor, but has covered five of its last seven after failing to cover in the previous contest.
These two teams are separated by 24 spots in our Power Ratings.