Washington State at Fresno State - 12/17/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Fresno State Bulldogs (9-4) vs Washington State Cougars (7-5)

Game Info: Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 3:30 pm (SoFi Stadium)

Betting Odds: Fresno State Bulldogs +4 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Fresno State Bulldogs will play the Washington State Cougars on Saturday afternoon in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

The Fresno State Bulldogs are 9-4 this season after they defeated Boise State by a score of 28-16 in the Mountain West Title game. Fresno State was out gained by a total of 321-245, but forced two turnovers in the win. Fresno State lost four of their first five games, but finished the season with an eight game winning streak. The Fresno State offense is averaging 30.7 points per game with 269.8 passing yards per game and 125.2 rushing yards per game. Jake Haener has thrown for 2,616 yards, 18 touchdowns, and three interceptions for the Bulldogs this season. Jordan Mims has rushed for 1,161 yards and 16 scores, while Jalen Moreno-Cropper has caught 80 passes for 1,051 yards and five touchdowns for Fresno State. The Fresno State defense is giving up 20.5 points per game and 351.1 yards per game.

The Washington State Cougars are 7-5 this season after they lost to Washington by a score of 51-33 in their last game. Washington State allowed 485 yards and allowed Washington to go 11-13 on third down attempts in the game. Washington State finished the season winning three of their last four games. The Washington State offense is averaging 27.8 points per game with 263.5 passing yards per game and 112.3 rushing yards per game. Cameron Ward has thrown for 3,094 yards, 23 touchdowns, and eight interceptions for the Cougars this season. Nakia Watson has rushed for 736 yards and eight scores, while Robert Ferrel has caught 46 passes for 517 yards and four touchdowns for Washington State. The Washington State defense is allowing 22.4 points per game and 394.1 yards per game.

Washington State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. The under is 5-1 in Washington State’s last 6 bowl games. Fresno State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 bowl games. The over is 5-2 in Fresno State’s last 7 games.

Both of these teams finished the season playing well, but it was Fresno State who was a conference champion. Fresno State was missing their star quarterback for a portion of this year, but did not lose when he returned from injury. Washington State was able to beat up on some of the lesser competition in the PAC-12 in order to reach a bowl game, but their offense was able to put up good numbers this year. I like Fresno State in a close game here. 

David’s Pick Fresno State +4

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