NCAAF Odds, Picks for Washington State vs. Arizona State

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Washington State vs. Arizona State Odds

Saturday, Oct. 28
8 p.m. ET
Pac-12 Network
Washington State Odds
-110o / -110u
Arizona State Odds
-110o / -110u
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NCAAF odds here.

Washington State hits the road to face Arizona State in a Pac-12 game where both teams need a win to get their seasons on track.

The Cougars opened with four straight victories before dropping three straight entering this one. They're 1-3 in conference play.

Meanwhile, the Sun Devils have dropped every game since their opener, owning a 1-6 record on the year.

I expect two hungry teams in this matchup, and I think this game ends closer than the oddsmakers project it.

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Washington State Cougars

In his first season with the program, everything was going right for coach Jake Dickert. Wazzu started the year with wins over two nationally-ranked opponents in Wisconsin and Oregon State, alongside dominant victories over Colorado State and Northern Colorado.

Then, Dickert's squad had a bye week when they were peaking. Since that week off, things haven't been the same.

One can understand road losses to UCLA and Oregon. You can't explain away a 38-point defeat at home to Arizona.

Despite everything, the Cougars still boast a high-flying offense that ranks second nationally in passing yards. The unit is led by quarterback Cameron Ward, who's sixth nationally among passers with 335.4 yards per game.

If Dickert can turn things around, it can motivate the rest of the team to raise their play in a bowl-game push.

Arizona State Sun Devils

Head coach Kenny Dillingham has to wonder what it will take to secure his first conference victory with the program.

Dillingham’s team has been so close over the last three weeks, losing all three by a combined 14 points. That includes holding No. 5 Washington without an offensive touchdown a week ago in another close defeat.

Despite the close losses, the defensive improvements are encouraging. Over the past four weeks, the Sun Devils rank among the top-10 Power 5 programs in Explosiveness allowed and Havoc generated.

Considering it posted these marks against some solid offenses like Colorado and Washington, Arizona State's defense looks even better.

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Washington State vs Arizona State

Matchup Analysis

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Washington State Offense vs. Arizona State Defense
Rush Success4570
Line Yards124109
Pass Success4239
Finishing Drives6087
Quality Drives56104
Arizona State Offense vs. Washington State Defense
Rush Success64104
Line Yards7383
Pass Success12567
Finishing Drives12799
Quality Drives105105
Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling8941
PFF Coverage6397
Special Teams SP+16113
Middle 83088
Seconds per Play25.4 (45)26.2 (56)
Rush Rate41.8% (127)43.9% (121)

Washington State vs Arizona State

Betting Pick & Prediction

Despite the differing records, I don't see a big difference between these two teams. So, I'm betting Arizona State keeps it close at home, covering the six-point spread.

The big question will be whether the Sun Devils can stop the Cougars passing attack. I think they can, as Arizona State enters this matchup ranked 39th in Pass Success Rate Allowed.

Meanwhile, this Washington State offense still ranks just 60th in Finishing Drives, which is vital when trying to cover as a road favorite. The Cougars rank among the bottom 20 Power 5 programs in that metric over the past four weeks.

On the other side of the ball, the Cougars defense has struggled to stuff the run all year. Arizona State doesn’t have the best ground attack, but it should do enough to keep the defense off the field.

ASU has either covered or pushed in the four straight. I'm betting on more of the same here.

Pick: Arizona State +6 (Play to +4.5)
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