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Washington State vs. Fresno State 2022 LA Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

By Hank Blaine

One of the more underrated bowl matchups of the season happens in the Los Angeles Bowl when Washington State takes on Fresno State. The Cougars had a decent season going 6-5. The Bulldogs went 7-4. Will Fresno State step it up enough to hand Pac-12 team Washington State a loss? Or will the slight underdog Cougars get it done?

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Washington State vs. Fresno State 2022 LA Bowl Game Information

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Why Bet on the Washington State Cougars?

New quarterback Cameron Ward had a decent season. Ward threw for 3,087 yards and 23 TDs to just 8 interceptions. Ward completed over 64% of his passes.

WASU’s QB averaged 263 passing yards per game and is the reason the Cougars averaged 27.8 per from 375.6 yards each contest. When Cameron wasn’t zinging the football, running back Nakia Watson was toting the pigskin. Watson ended up with 736 yards and 8 touchdowns. Nakia averages 5.7 yards per carry.

This season, the Cougars sent one of the better defenses in the high-scoring Pac-12 Conference to the field. Washington State allows an average of 394.1 yards per game.

Opposing offenses pass for 266.8 but only rush for 127.3. The Cougars held opponents to 22.3 points per game, ranking a decent thirty-third in the nation.

Why Bet on the Fresno State Bulldogs?

Fresno State’s offense played great football this season. The offense’s success starts with quarterback Jake Haener. Haener is one of the better signal-callers in the nation. Jake completed close to 73% of his passes this season. He threw for 2,616 yards and tossed 18 touchdowns to 3 interceptions in just 9 games.

The Bulldogs averaged 395.1 yards per game. The total yards per translated to an average of over 30 points each contest.

Early in the season, Fresno State’s D just played okay but in thee Bulldogs’ final three games, the defense rocked. Fresno State held Nevada to 14 points in a 41-14 Bulldogs’ win.

In their next game on Nov. 25, the Bulldogs held Wyoming to a goose egg, 0 points, in a 30-0 victory. Then in their final game of the regular season, Fresno State held Boise State to 16 in the Mountain West Championship. David Perales has a fantastic 10.5 sacks this season. Cameron Lockridge has 5 interceptions.

Washington State vs. Fresno State Betting Trends

  • Cougars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at a neutral site.
  • Washington State is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
  • Under is 5-0 in Washington State’s last 5 non-conference games.
  • Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
  • Fresno State is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 bowl games.
  • Over is 5-2 in Fresno State’s last 7 games.

Washington State vs. Fresno State Expert Betting Predictions

College football handicappers appear evenly split on whether to lay the points on Fresno State or back the Cougars at +3. The schizophrenic action makes sense because although Fresno State shows better stats, Washington State has faced the overall better teams.

But the Cougs didn’t perform well versus those teams, losing to both Washington and Utah. Still, the Cougars finished the season going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 with the lone non-cover happening versus the surging rival Huskies.

Fresno State finished their season also going 4-1 against the spread. In addition, the Bulldogs had those final three games where they dominated their opponents’ offenses. The MWC team’s ability to shut down opposing offenses, and Jake Haener’s presence under center, makes Fresno State the play.

Washington State can win this game straight up. But Haener should have a great game versus the Cougars’ D while Washington’s State’s offense will struggle against the Bulldogs’ defense. Fresno State wins and covers.

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