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Washington State Cougars Betting - Cheez-It Bowl Odds
Mike Leach has made his Air Raid offense work in out of the way places like Lubbock and Pullman, and that has endeared him to the masses. Leach has lifted Washington State from the dregs of the Pac 12 to become a continual bowl team, and he led the Cougars to their most successful run in quite some time between 2015 and 2018. Wazzou went 37-15 during this stretch and 26-10 in conference play, so Washington State fans can’t be too disappointed after a 6-6 season in 2019. Leach will have a chance to lead the Cougars to a winning season for the fifth straight season in Phoenix on Friday, December 27. Washington State will take on the Air Force Falcons in the Cheez-It Bowl, but the Cougars are a slight underdog on the college football betting line. This game is expected to be much more high scoring than last year’s abysmal clash between TCU and California, as those two teams combine to throw a record nine interceptions in a game that the Horned Frogs won in overtime 10-7.
Cheez-It Bowl Odds
Washington State Cougars +2.5
Air Force Falcons -2.5
Washington State is the one team in the country that still runs a pure Air Raid offense. While most Air Raid disciples have adjusted their scheme in various ways, Leach continues to just air it out and trust that his offense will outscore your team.
Anthony Gordon was the nation’s leading passer this season. He became the first Washington State quarterback to top 5,000 passing yards in a season, completing 71.9 percent of his passes for 5,228 yards with 45 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Gordon is also the single season passing leader in Pac 12 history, and he can add to his record against Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl.
The Cougars have seven players with at least 40 receptions and 500 receiving yards. Brandon Arconado and Easop Winston Jr. were Washington State’s two leading receivers, and both players should surpass 1,000 receiving yards in the bowl game. Running back Max Borghi was a constant threat out of the backfield too, catching 81 passes for 566 yards and four touchdowns.
Borghi only runs to keep defenses honest, but he was very effective when he did carry the ball. He ran 121 times for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.
Air Force had a middle of the pack defense in 2019. The Falcons were effective against the run, holding opponents to 3.6 YPC, but they struggled against the pass. They are conceding 7.6 YPA on the year, so Gordon could have another 400-yard game to close out the campaign.
Troy Calhoun and Air Force have one of the most innovative offenses in the country. The Falcons run a modified triple option, and although they mostly run the ball, they throw far more than the other service academies.
Donald Hammond III has been very good in that area this season, completing 52.5 percent of his passes for 1,286 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He is the reason that Air Force leads the nation in passing with 13.8 YPA, as the Falcons are not afraid to throw deep when they do decide to move the ball through the air.
The ground game has been excellent too. Air Force has run for over 3,500 yards with 37 touchdowns this season, averaging 5.1 YPC as a team. Kadin Remsberg, Timothy Jackson, and Taven Birdow all have at least 700 rushing yards, while Hammond is averaging 4.6 YPC as the pivot man.
Wazzou has one of the worst defenses in the country. The Cougars are allowing 6.8 yards per play, and the pass defense is allowing 8.9 YPA and more than 300 yards per game. Washington State is surrendering 5.0 YPC too, and we have seen the Cougs struggle against the option in past bowl games.
Regular Season Recap
Washington State had no trouble with its first two opponents this year, but the Cougars from Houston proved to be a tough test. They outlasted Dana Holgorsen’s squad 31-24, yet that was a sign to come for both teams.
The Cougars lost a heartbreaker to UCLA the following week, blowing a 32-point lead in the second half against the Bruins to fall 67-63. They were shell-shocked next week, and Wazzou was blasted 38-13 by Utah, but that turned out to be the program’s worst loss of the season.
Gordon nearly led Washington State to an upset victory over Arizona State in Tempe, and the Cougars almost beat Oregon in Autzen Stadium too, but Wazzou couldn’t pull those games out and failed to win a road game this year.
That left Washington State with a record of 4-5, and the Cougars needed to win their last two home games given those road woes. They blasted Stanford 49-22 to move to 5-5 before winning a wild one over Oregon State as Gordon threw for over 600 yards.
Leach’s offense fell flat in the Apple Cup for the seventh straight year to end the season, casting doubts on the head coach’s ability to improvise or try something new. That’s certainly frustrating for fans of Washington State, but they know that they have an excellent coach regardless in Leach.
2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule
||LOCATION / TIME
|College Football Playoff
||Atlanta, GA / 4 PM
||No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
||Glendale, AZ / 8 PM
||No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
||CFP National Championship
||New Orleans, LA / 8 PM
|Selection Committee Bowl Games
||Arlington, TX / Noon
||No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
||Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM
||No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
||Pasadena, CA / 5 PM
||No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
||New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM
||No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
|Other Bowl Games
||Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM
||Buffalo vs. Charlotte
||Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM
||Kent State vs. Utah State
||Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM
||Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
||New Mexico Bowl
||Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM
||Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
||Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM
||Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
||Boca Raton Bowl
||Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM
||FAU vs. SMU
||Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM
||Arkansas State vs. Florida International
||Las Vegas Bowl
||Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM
||No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
||New Orleans Bowl
||New Orleans, LA / 9 PM
||No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
||Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM
||Marshall vs. UCF
||Honolulu, HI / 8 PM
||BYU vs. Hawai'i
||Shreveport, LA / 4 PM
||Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
||Quick Lane Bowl
||Detroit, MI / 8 PM
||Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
||Annapolis, MD / Noon
||North Carolina vs. Temple
||The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM
||Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
||Houston, TX / 6:45 PM
||No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
||San Diego, CA / TBA
||No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
||Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM
||Air Force vs. Washington State
||Camping World Bowl
||Orlando, FL / Noon
||No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
||First Responder Bowl
||University Park, TX / 12:30 PM
||Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
||Music City Bowl
||Nashville, TN / 4 PM
||Louisville vs. Mississippi State
||Santa Clara, CA / TBA
||California vs. Illinois
||Charlotte, NC / Noon
||Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
||El Paso, TX / 2 PM
||Arizona State vs. Florida State
||Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM
||Georgia State vs. Wyoming
||San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM
||No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
||Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM
||Kansas State vs. Navy
||Tampa, FL / 1 PM
||No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
||Orlando, FL / 1 PM
||No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
||Birmingham, AL / 3 PM
||No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
||Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM
||Indiana vs. Tennessee
||Idaho Potato Bowl
||Boise, ID / 3:30 PM
||Nevada vs. Ohio
||Armed Forces Bowl
||Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM
||Southern Miss vs. Tulane
||Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM
||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)
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