Fresno St. vs. Washington Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Washington is the heavy favorite at home in this game, as the Huskies are getting odds of -33 points against the Bulldogs. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 56.5 points. These two last met in 2006 with Washington getting a 21-20 victory at home as a 2.5-point underdog. Tonight’s game will take place from Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington and will air live on the Pac-12 Network.
Fresno State started the season with a 66-0 win over Incarnate Word and then suffered a 41-10 loss at Alabama last week. The Bulldogs actually managed to cover the spread in the loss to Alabama and are 2-0 against the spread in 2017. While the Bulldogs have faced two very different opponents, they are still averaging 38 points and 443.5 yards per game on offense through two games while allowing 20.5 points and 311 yards per game on defense. Chason Virgil has been leading the offense with 426 yards and two touchdowns passing. KeeSean Johnson has caught 15 passes for 175 yards while Ronnie Rivers is the leading rusher with 89 yards.
Washington has started the season 2-0 with a 30-14 win over Rutgers on the road and a 63-7 home win over Montana. The Huskies are 1-1 against the spread, failing to cover a 28-point spread in the win at Rutgers. Washington is averaging 46.5 points and 437 yards per game on offense while allowing just 10.5 points and 236 yards per contest on defense. Jake Browning has thrown for 543 yards and four touchdowns to lead the offense while Dante Pettis has seven catches for 117 yards. Myles Gaskin has added 97 rushing yards with a touchdown.
It’s a challenge for Washington to win by such a large margin this weekend. Fresno managed to lose by less than 33 points against Alabama. While the Tide aren’t a team that runs up the score often, they still are historically better than Washington. Fresno State has covered in six of its last seven after a loss and in seven of its last eight on fieldturf. I like what Washington can do, but giving up 33 points is a lot for any team against a respectable program like Fresno State.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: FRESNO STATE +33