NCAA Football Betting Preview: Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Washington State Cougars – September 23, 2017
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington
Date & Time: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Spread: Washington State -28.5
Over/Under Total: 67.5
Quick Pick: Washington State -28.5 for 4 Units at GT Bets
The undefeated Washington State Cougars will welcome the winless Nevada Wolfpack on Saturday evening at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. This game is scheduled to kick off at approximately 6:00 PM ET and can be watched on the Pac-12 Network.
The Wolfpack and the cougars have played each other 3 prior times 2002, 2005 and most recently in 2014. Nevada won the matchup in 2014 by the score of 24-13, winning the game outright as 3 points underdogs. Washington State won the other 2 games by the score 55-21 and 31-7.
Nevada Hope QB Change Can Jolt Offense
The Nevada Wolfpack are 0-3 ATS and 1-2 ATS in the 2017 season. Nevada started out the season with a loss against Northwestern 31-20. They followed that up with a 37-24 loss to Toledo and a 30-28 loss against Idaho State. They were 32.5 point favorites in the Idaho State game and lost the game outright! It should be noted that all 3 games this year have played under the posted total and their last 4 games, dating back to last year have gone under the posted total.
One of the biggest problems with the Wolfpack is turnovers. They fumbled the ball 7 times against Idaho State, which was their first loss against a FCS school since 1994. That loss did not sit well with new head coach Jay Norvell. Norvell made a quarterback swap, benching starter Ty Gangi and replacing him with freshman Kaymen Cureton.
Cureton went 19 for 33 for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also threw 1 interception in the game. Considering he is a true freshman, that actually isn’t a mad stat line for the young quarterback making his first start. The Wolfpack are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and also 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
Cougars Defense Take Hit With Injury To Pelluer
The Washington Cougars have started out there season 3-0 SU but only 1-2 ATS. They kicked off the 2017 campaign with a 31-0 shutout of Montana State. They followed that up with a 47-44 overtime win against Boise State. Last week, that walked over Oregon State by the score of 52-23.
The Cougars have a major issue at hand, as they lost their top defensive player last week in Peyton Pelluer. Pelluer will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury and now the Pac-12’s best passing defense is left trying to replace their senior middle linebacker, who was their best player on the field on the defensive side of the ball.
If the defense struggles, they will just unleash the offensive powerhouse unit led by Luke Falk. Falk was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week last week, passing for nearly 400 yards and 6 touchdowns against Oregon State.
Cougars Too Much Offense For Wolfpack
Nevada simply isn’t the same team that they have been in the past. They are struggling in all facets of the game and now face a powerful offense that should be able to put them to sleep by halftime. Luke Falk is one of the best quarterbacks in college football and he will have fun exposing this weak Wolfpack secondary.
Pick: Washington State -28.5 for 4 Units at GT Bets