Washington State 2018 Betting Preview: Plenty of Hurdles Ahead for Cougars
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Washington State 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +100000
- To make Playoff: +80000
- To win the Pac-12: +10000
- To win the Pac-12 North: +3750
- Win Total: 6 (over +105, under -125)
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Washington State 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 6.6
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Washington State Under 6 wins (-125)
This could be an underwhelming season in Pullman. Although the mathematical projections peg the Cougars for between six and seven wins, there are plenty of things going against them.
Washington State ranks 107th overall in returning production and lost key members of its coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, and quarterback Luke Falk graduated.
The team also had to deal with the tragic death of quarterback Tyler Hilinski. The competition at QB will include a laundry list of players who have never taken a snap for Wazzu. Meanwhile, the defense will need to find a way to replace top tackler Hercules Mata’afa.
The Cougars face a daunting schedule and are favored in just five games, so there’s value on the Under 6 wins (-125). Victories over Utah and Arizona will be needed to cash an over ticket, and both of those teams are off a bye week when they face the Cougars.
Washington State was 102nd against explosiveness in 2017, and that number must improve with a schedule that includes not just Arizona’s Khalil Tate, but Oregon and Washington as well.
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Wazzu is 14-5 ATS as a road underdog since 2013. This trend takes center stage for a Friday night road trip to USC on Sept. 21. The Trojans will look to avenge their loss to the Cougars last season, but USC could be beat-up, coming into that tilt on short rest after road games against Stanford and Texas. This game of the year is currently Washington State +15.5, and there’s plenty of value on the visitor.