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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
Utah State Aggies vs. Washington State Cougars
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Venue: Martin Stadium
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Aggies +17, Cougars -17
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Utah State +562 | Washington State -723
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 67
The Aggies are looking for a reset with a new coach in Blake Anderson. They one won 1 game a year ago.
Ditto for Washington State as they broke in new coach Nick Rolovich last season. They need some wins to build their confidence before their first PAC 12 game against USC.
There are a lot of Mountain West teams that can hang with the programs in the PAC 12. Utah State is not expected to be one of them this season.
Utah State Aggies
The Aggies only scored 15ppg last season. If they are going to have any success this season they have to find a way to boost that up this season.
QB Logan Bonner followed coach Anderson from Arkansas State. Though that brings some familiarity and confidence it is hard to imagine this program taking a huge leap. Being better is a low bar though. Only 4 starters return on offense.
6 starters return on defense but it will be debatable whether that is an advantage based on what that group was able to do a year ago. They gave up an average of 35ppg.
I think that ultimately Anderson can get Utah State back to being competitive in the MWC. I an not very hopeful of that new coach showing a lot of promise in the opener.
Washington State Cougars
It seemed like nothing really went right for Rolovich in Pullman last season. They only played 4 games but actually had a difficult schedule with losses to USC, Oregon and Utah.
The primary positive seems to be that they found their quarterback in Jayden de Laura. He took some lumps but should be able to succeed in the pass-first offense the coach wants to run.
RB Mad Borghi missed most of last season. He is healthy coming into the season and is probably going to be one of the most productive players at his position this fall.
Washington State has to be better on defense this season if they want to compete in the PAC 12. 7 starters return and this is a good opportunity to get some live work done this week.
I am not sure of the ceiling of the Cougars this season. Playing a light Utah State team enables them to ease into the season with a win.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Utah State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Utah State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Washington State is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington State’s last 7 games at home
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
This is a big spread for a team that was not very good last season. I get there are differences between the leagues but it is taking a nice leap to back WSU
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick: Washington State -17
Despite the leadup it is also a leap to think this Utah State is ready to challenge a PAC 12 team. I am not sure they are going to be able to score enough points to keep this one competitive.
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