If you want to watch a fun football game, with up and down the field action from beginning to end, Washington State and Boise State is what you are looking for. This is a late one on the east coast, but I definitely recommend checking this one out if you can. Not only from a sports betting perspective, but I see this being a highly entertaining game from two high-powered offenses.
Washington State is coming off a sizable upset to FCS opponent Eastern Washington. Eastern Washington plays in the Big Sky of the FCS, and could be a candidate to jump in an expansion effort to the FBS in the future. If Eastern Washington adds some more seating and stadium improvements I could see it happening, but at the moment, the place looks like a high school stadium, other than of course the red field they play on.
Washington State, a team that won 9 games for the first time since 2003, isn’t looking to take a step backwards after making big strides under Mike Leach. Leach was brought in to turn the program around and last season was the first where the changes were clear. However, following a loss to Eastern Washington as huge favorites in Week 1, and now having to go play Boise State on the road, the prospects of a 0-2 start is looking pretty real. The schedule isn’t going to get any easier for the Cougars. Wait until they enter PAC 12 competition and they have a plethora of good teams gunning for them.
I liken this Boise State team to when Kellen Moore was dicing defenses up. Kellen Moore, Titus Young, and Austin Pettis were the engine that drove their high-octane offense through the air. Leading the way on the ground was Doug Martin, who has found success at the next level in the NFL. Brett Rypien is the best prospect the Broncos have had at quarterback since Kellen Moore.
His numbers are going to back it up this year. Rypien threw for 20 touchdowns and 8 interceptions as a freshman. With a year under his belt, he’s looking to turn it up a level in 2016. Rypien versus Luke Falk is shaping up to be a duel on the smurf turf in Boise.
Washington State Cougars vs. Boise State Broncos NCAAF Betting Odds:
Washington State +10.5 (-110)
vs. Boise State -10.5(-110)
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Washington State vs. Boise State Pick:
Luke Falk has been the perfect quarterback for a Mike Leach offense. He’s a tall guy with an accurate arm who gets rid of the ball quickly. It’s all about rhythm and speed in this offense. The Cougars scored 42 points last week, but it wasn’t enough against Eastern Washington. That sounds about right. Washington State is a team that wins when they have over 45 points on the board. Under 40 is like under 20 for some teams.
Washington State has been using the running backs as well here and there, but a running call has to make Leach grind his teeth every time he sees the ball taken out of the hands of his quarterback. Falk threw for 418 yards and 4 touchdowns a week ago, which sounds about right. I said before the season started that we should expect Falk to hit around 400 yards and 4 touchdowns per game with great consistency.
Rypien has to be looking at Washington State’s defense last week and dreaming of touchdowns in his sleep. Guburd passed for 474 yards and 5 touchdowns on them, Rypien should be able to get his as well. The difficulty in stopping Boise State is how well balanced they are on offense. Boise State can put up big numbers on through the air or ground, both work. Rypien passed for 347 yards and 2 touchdowns on the Rajin Cajuns. They also rushed for 165 yards with a host of running backs.
The offense are going to be in prime form tonight. There is no way I see Washington State slowing the Boise State attack down at home. Rypien will gash them for at least 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Head coach of the Cougars’ Mike Leach has much accepted this fate. He knows his team is going to need to win this one with offense. The OVER looks mighty attractive in this late night clash.
PICK: OVER 73.5 POINTS (-110)