College Football: San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl WSU vs. MSU
#18 Washington State Cougars (9-3) at #16 Michigan State Spartans (9-3)
December 28, 2017- 9:00 PM ET (TV FS1) SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Continuing with the bowl season, we will go out to San Diego for a Thursday night matchup between the No. 18 Washington State Cougars out of the Pac-12 versus the No. 16 Michigan State Spartans out of the Big Ten in a Holiday Bowl contest that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Cougars Lines: MyBookie Spread (-1.5) ML +110
Best Spartans Lines: 5Dimes Spread (+2) ML +115
Over/Under: BetOnline 47.0
Two teams who get it done on opposite ends of the football will square off in what is expected to be a highly entertaining matchup with each team seeking to notch their 10th win of the season while taking home the Holiday Bowl trophy.
Led by quarterback Luke Falk, the Cougars (9-3) are scoring 31.4 points on 446.4 yards per game. However, Washington State is a pass-happy team behind the arm of Falk, who on the season has thrown for 3,593 yards with 30 touchdowns but 13 interceptions.
Of the 446.4 yards per game, just 71.7 of those yards come by the run, so we can expect the Michigan State defense to zone in on the pass to try to keep the Cougar offense at bay.
The Spartans (9-3) behind their QB in Brian Lewerke are averaging 23.1 points on 378.3 yards per game and bring more of a balanced attack into this matchup.
Lewerke on the season has thrown for 2,580 yards with 17 touchdowns to seven picks and will look for a ball-controlled offense to try to keep the quick strike offense of the Cougars on the sidelines to limit their damage.
On the defensive end, Washington State is allowing 24.4 points to 20.3 for the Spartans. Michigan State will lean on their physical style of play to offset and slow down the up-tempo, prolific passing attack of the Cougars.
Washington State has scored 30 or more points eight times during the regular season, while the Spartans have held opponents to 14 points or fewer seven times during the season.
Which team will do the better job of controlling the pace of the game? For sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie is favoring WSU (-1.5) points, while 5Dimes is giving the underdog Spartans (+2) points.
BetOnline delivers the over/under of 47.0 total game points scored; a number I will play as I will favor the OVER of 47.0 total game points scored as my best betting pick.