Check out the Washington State vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
Washington State (8-2) vs. Colorado (8-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 19
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
USC will have its Washington State pom-poms out.
Unless Washington loses to Arizona State, this game doesn’t matter for Wazzu. If the Huskies lose, the Cougars are in the Pac-12 championship win a win. However, if UW wins, next week’s Apple Cup will be for the North.
The South is a little messier. If Washington State beats Colorado and USC wins out, USC would be in the Pac-12 championship if Utah loses one of its last two games against either Oregon of Colorado.
Got all that?
Basically, Colorado desperately needs this, and Washington State doesn’t.
That doesn’t mean the Pac-12’s only unbeaten team in conference play – Wazzu – isn’t going to go full-throttle, but there’s no real pressure. That’s a nice place to be in for a team that’s hung up 125 points on the board over the last two weeks and is on an eight-game winning streak.
The O might continue to shine, but it’s the defense that’s making the big difference, doing a fantastic job against the run and coming up with enough takeaways to make up for any issues. There might have been some close shaves along the way over the last few months, but the team is battle-tested – it’s seen it all.
Colorado hasn’t been the offensive juggernaut it was earlier in the season, but it’s on a four-game winning streak with the only two losses along the way coming to Michigan and USC on the road – the team’s been the real deal on both sides of the ball.
While the offense has been balanced and effective, like Washington State, the key to the overall improvement has been a defense that’s been a rock in all phases, highlighted by the fourth-most efficient pass defense in America.
Both teams own the turnover margin, both teams are getting great play out of the lines, and both teams have figured out how to beat the mediocre teams on the slate.
However, Colorado’s best win so far came against Stanford – the only win so far against a team certain to go bowling – while Washington State’s lone win so far against a sure-thing bowl-bound team? Stanford.
There’s a prove-it factor for both. Colorado has the better defense, but Washington State’s offense has the passing attack to pull this off. The Cougars will get yet another big day out of Luke Falk – who’s thrown 18 touchdowns with just one pick over the last four games – in a thriller that’ll go down to the final possession.
Washington State vs. Colorado Prediction
Washington State 38, Colorado 34
Colorado -4.5, o/u: 60.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Taco Bell Cinnabon Delights – 1: Chinese yuan … 2.5
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