Washington State Cougars vs Arizona State Sun Devils Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 10/30/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 3:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 30, 2021
Venue:  Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Where to Watch:  Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  WSU +16.5, ASU -16.5; Over/Under:  53 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  WSU +16, ASU -16; Over/Under:  54 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  WSU +16, ASU -16; Over/Under:  54 points
 

Season Record

Washington State Cougars:  4-4 (3rd place, Pac-12 North)
Arizona State Sun Devils:  5-2 (1st place, Pac-12 South)
 
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Washington State Cougars vs Arizona State Sun Devils Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Washington State Cougars:  lost at home on Oct. 23 against the BYU Cougars 21-19.
Arizona State Sun Devils:  lost on the road on Oct. 16 against the Utah Utes 35-21.
 
 
 

Washington State Cougars Analysis

WSU is coming into this college football game with a 4-4 record overall and they are 1-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 6th conference matchup of the year and they are not in a good position right now with a 3-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 3 wins came against the California Golden Bears, the Oregon State Beavers, and the Stanford Cardinal while their 2 losses came against the USC Trojans and the Utah Utes. They have actually improved quite a bit since their terrible start as they have won their last 3 straight conference games coming into this one but while the conference winning streak is still alive, their regular season win streak was snapped by BYU in their last game. That was a very close game that they lost by 2 points where ultimately, some troubles with the extra point after their TDs came back to bite them in the end. Jayden de Laura was alright in that game but he also struggled at times as he completed 26/37 passes for 257 yards and 1 interception. Max Borghi led the team in rushing yards with 83 and 3 touchdowns on 18 carries but he was basically their entire running game in that one. Travell Harris led the receivers with 60 yards on 7 receptions while Calvin Jackson Jr. had 4 catches for 52 yards. Jahad Woods led the defense in that game with 9 solo tackles and 7 assisted ones. Ahmir Crowder and Willie Taylor III both led the defense in sacks with 1 each but no one on the defense came away with an interception for them in that one. They have scored 199 points in their 8 games this season averaging 24.9 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 201 points against them allowing 25.1 PPG. Their offense is averaging 372.6 YPG while their defense is allowing 391.8 YPG.
 
 

Arizona State Sun Devils Analysis

ASU is coming into this game with a 5-2 record overall and they are 4-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 5th conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are leading the way right now with a 3-1 record in their conference games this season. Their 3 wins came against the Colorado Buffaloes, the UCLA Bruins, and the Stanford Cardinal while their 1 loss came against the Utah Utes in their last game. That loss snapped a 3 game losing streak that they were on. They played well in the first half of that game taking a 14 point lead into halftime but they were dominated in the second half of that game not scoring a single point as in that half as Utah made their comeback in the third quarter and then took the lead in the fourth quarter never giving it back. Jayden Daniels played alright in that game as he completed 20/31 passes for 237 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rachaad White led the team in rushing in that one with 56 yards on 9 carries. Curtis Hodges led the receivers with 74 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions while LV Bunkley-Shelton had 2 catches for 68 yards in that one. Kejuan Markham led the defense in that game with 6 solo tackles and 1 assisted one also coming away with 1 interception. He and Darien Butler both had 1 interception each in that one but no one on the defense was able to record a sack. They have scored 221 points in their 7 games this season averaging 31.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 132 points against them allowing 18.9 PPG. Their offense is averaging 434.7 YPG while their defense is allowing 323.9 YPG.
 

 

Washington State vs Arizona State Prediction

WSU is coming into this game as a 16.5 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. ASU has been smashing their conference opponents in their games but they finally slipped up in their last one and lost badly, blowing a 14 point lead after halftime and getting shut out in the second half of that game. They are playing a WSU team that kept their game with Utah much closer losing by just 11 points and then went on a 3 game winning streak in their conference. Even their loss to the FBS Independents Conference BYU team was only by 2 points and they have been getting much better each week. The best bet to place in this game is on WSU to cover the spread here as they have been playing well and will keep it a closer game than that.
 
Washington State Arizona State Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 30, 2021 (3:00 pm ET start time) is ASU 31 WSU 21.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Washington State Cougars: 137-128 O/U in all games. 51-41 O/U when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 48-43 O/U as a road underdog. 63-58 O/U in road games. 106-95 O/U against conference opponents.
Arizona State Sun Devils: 22-14 O/U as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points. 146-142 O/U in all games. 53-49 O/U when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 81-68 O/U as a favorite. 54-47 O/U as a home favorite. 76-69 O/U in home games. 103-95 O/U against conference opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Washington State Cougars:  D. McIntosh (RB) Ques Sat - Ankle injury. A. Archie (DB) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. B. Gray (WR) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. R. Bell (WR) out for season - Knee injury.
Arizona State Sun Devils:  E. Fields (DB) Prob Sat - Undisclosed injury. C. Lucas (DB) Prob Sat - Undisclosed injury. J. Wilson (WR) Prob Sat - Hamstring injury.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"Our guys had a lot of heart, effort and commitment." - Jake Dickert on his team’s close loss to BYU in their last game.
 
 
"They continued to make first downs, they went on substantial drives, and we couldn't get off the field and it kills you. Defensively, it puts you in a bad way." - Herm Edwards on the way his team played in their loss to Utah in their last game.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Washington State Cougars
WR Stribling, De'Zhaun 
WR Ollie, Donovan 
WR Jackson Jr., Calvin 
WR Harris, Travell 
QB de Laura, Jayden 
RB Borghi, Max 
 
Arizona State Sun Devils
WR Johnson, Andre 
WR Wilson, Johnny 
WR Pearsall, Ricky 
TE/FB Hodges, Curtis 
QB Daniels, Jayden 
RB White, Rachaad 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Washington State Cougars
Passing: J. De Laura (1739)
Rushing: M. Borghi (504)
Receiving: C. Jackson Jr. (528)
Touchdowns: M. Borghi (8)
 
Arizona State Sun Devils
Passing: J. Daniels (1506)
Rushing: R. White (477)
Receiving: C. Hodges (330)
Touchdowns: R. White (9)
 
Coaches:
Washington State Cougars: Jake Dickert (Interim)
Arizona State Sun Devils: Herm Edwards (4th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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