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Washington State Cougars Hosting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Week 1 Odds and Betting Pick

Rutgers Scarlet Knights


Washington State Cougars
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 PM ET
CenturyLink Field

Rutgers started the season 4-1 last year but won only two of their next eight games to finish 6-7 and miss out on a bowl game. The Scarlet Knights also fumbled ATS with a 5-8 record that included an awful 2-7 ATS record as a favorite.

Despite losing their final game of the regular season and going 6-6 SU the Cougars still qualified for a bowl game last season. They went on to lose to Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl, dropping their season mark to 6-7 SU, but improving to 9-4 ATS after covering the spread. The Cougars were also a successful 6-0 ATS on the road last season.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Washington State Cougars Opening Odds and Betting Line

The visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights opened as 8-point underdogs in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at Odds Shark. No total had been posted as of writing time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

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Computer Prediction: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Washington State Cougars Pick

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Cougars to win this game on Thursday 26-25. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Washington State Cougars Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington State Cougars are 6-7 so far on the season, and 9-4 ATS vs the point spread. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights, meanwhile, are 6-7 and 5-8 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Washington State go 7-5-1 and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights go 5-8 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington State vs Rutgers injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Washington State Cougars at No. 73 and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at No. 98 heading into this contest.

How Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Washington State Cougars Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington State Cougars No. 52-ranked offense (31 PPG) against a Rutgers Scarlet Knights defense that ranks No. 81 at 29.77 PPG. The Washington State Cougars passing attack has averaged 368 yards per game, more than the Rutgers Scarlet Knights give up through the air (312 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights own the league's No. 4-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 75.14 yards per game when on the road. Washington State, on the other hand, rates No. 124 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Rutgers was a 29-16 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Notre Dame. They covered the 14.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (45) made winners of UNDER bettors. In their last game, the Scarlet Knights were Pinstripe Bowl losers coming out on the wrong end of 29-16 score against Notre Dame.

Last time out for Washington State, they were a 48-45 loser as they battled Colorado State at home. Washington State failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite, while 93 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Garrett Grayson led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 369 yards Saturday as the Rams downed the Cougars 48-45 at University Stadium.

Next Betting Matchups

Rutgers home to Howard, Saturday, September 6th
Washington State at Nevada, Friday, September 5th