Boise St. at Washington St. College Football Week 2 Odds & Expert Pick
When: Saturday, 10:30 PM ET Where: Martin Stadium, Pullman TV: ESPN Stream: WatchESPN Radio: KBOI 670 AM (Boise State) / KTHR 104.3 FM (Washington State) Opening College Football Week 2 Lines: WSU -10.5 (58)
GAME WEEK! The Broncos head up to The Palouse to visit #24/- Washington State Saturday on ESPN! #BleedBluePREVIEW: https://t.co/Ja67Fi7fT6 pic.twitter.com/yebDAX13dM — Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) September 4, 2017
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Series HistoryDespite being fewer than 300 miles from each other, Boise State and Wazzu have met just five times. The Broncos registered their first win in the series this past season in Boise, knocking off the Cougars, 31-28 last September. The Cougars had won each of the first four games played, including contests in Pullman in 1997 and 2000.
- Total Meetings: 5
- First Meeting: September 27th, 1997. Pullman, Washington
- Last Meeting: September 10th, 2016. Boise, Idaho
- All-Time Series: Boise State 4-1-0
- Largest Margin of Victory: Boise State 58-0 (1997)
- Longest Win Streak: Boise Statet 4 (1997-2001)
- Current Win Streak: Boise State 1 (2016)
Why Bet On Boise State?The Broncos opened with a 24-13 win over Troy. Avery Williams had an 81-yard punt return for a score. With the victory, the Broncos avoided their first loss in a home-opener since falling to Washington State 41-20 in 2001. Boise State’s offense sputtered most of the afternoon, but it didn’t matter much due to the Broncos’ smothering defense. Troy mustered only 215 yards, matching the Trojans’ lowest offensive output since a 66-0 loss to Georgia in 2014. Boise State’s defense did not allow a touchdown in the contest. The last time that happened was against Northern Illinois in the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23, 2015. The Bronco defense also forced six three-and- outs in addition to stopping three more Troy drives stop in under three plays (interception, forced fumble, end of game). Boise State’s three forced turnovers (two fumbles, one interception) was its most since recovering three fumbles against Northern Illinois at the Poinsettia Bowl. Boise QB Brett Rypien grew up going to football games at Martin Stadium, where his famous uncle, Mark, made “Rypien” a household name as Washington State’s star quarterback from 1983 to 1985. Mark Rypien will be at Martin Stadium on Saturday … and rooting for the Cougs.
What Can We Expect from Boise State This Season?The Broncos enter 2017 with a 14-6 record against schools from the Power 5 since the start of the 2006 season, and have won five of the past six against such opposition. Boise State has also won 15 games against such schools since 2003, third-best among all Group of Five teams over that span. The Broncos are 11-15 all-time against ranked opponents, including a mark of 8-6 over the last 10 years (since 2008). The Broncos’ last victory over a ranked opponent as an unranked team came in 2008, whenBoise State knocked off 12th-ranked Oregon (37-32), Sept. 20, 2008.
Why Bet On Washington State?The Cougars weren’t overly sharp in their 31-0 opening win over FCS school Montana State. Washington State had lost its season opener the past two years to members of the FCS Big Sky Conference. Luke Falk threw three touchdown passes, breaking Connor Halliday’s WSU career passing TD record of 90, Falk now owns 92 career TD passes. Falk now has 11,204 career passing yards, trailing Halliday’s record of 11,304. Falk recorded his 19th career win, trails only Jason Gesser’s WSU record of 24 Falk also started the game with 20 consecutive completions. James Williams caught 13 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns, setting WSU single-game records for receptions and receiving yards by a running back. Washington State has continued to spread the ball each week with 10 players catching a pass in the opener against Montana State. Last season, the Air Raid saw 10+ players catch a pass in 11 of the 13 games.
How Well Did the Cougars Do Last Week?WSU’s shutout win over Montana State was the first shutout since 2013 (Idaho, 42-0). The Cougars held MSU to 143 yards of total offense, the fewest yards allowed since 2004 (125 vs. Colorado), and surrendering just 28 yards passing, the fewest since 1994 (18 at Oregon State). The Cougars “Speed D” features nine returning starters from a 2016 group that forced 23 turnovers and held opponents to 134.2 rushing yards per game, third-lowest in the Pac-12 Conference. Washington State’s season-opening five-game homestand is a first in program history. The only other time WSU opened the season with more than three-straight home games is 1907, when they opened with four.
Latest College Football Week 2 Betting Trends
- Boise State is 2-7 ATS in the last 9 games
- Boise State is 13-3 SU in the last 16 games
- The total went UNDER in 6 of Boise State’s last 9 games
- Washington State is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games
- Washington State is 9-3 SU in the last 12 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Washington State’s last 5 games