Mike Leach is Taking Washington State Bowling

Sep 20, 2013

Year two under Mike Leach’s direction should pay handsome dividends for Washington State sports bettors as the Cougars are 3-0 ATS this season with an average point spread cover of 14 points per game.  After nearly pulling an outright upset over Auburn in week one as 14-point underdogs, the Cougars shocked the betting community with a 10-7 win at USC the following week as 16-point underdogs.  Coming off a convincing 48-10 win over Southern Utah, the Cougars should improve to 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS on the season after Saturday.  Here is why Mike Leach is taking Washington State bowling:

Idaho at Washington State (-30.5) (-110)

Many sports bettors are surprised at how well Washington State’s defense has played this season as the Cougars are allowing just 16.0 points per game on 4.2 yards per pass attempt and 4.2 yards per play.  Overall, the Cougars are 0.1 yards per rush play, 2.9 yards per pass attempt and 1.2 yards per play better than average defensively, which is good enough to dominate an Idaho offense that is 0.5 yards per play worse than average in 2013.

The most concerning aspect of Idaho’s team this season is its defense that is yielding 42.3 points per game on 6.1 yards per rush play, 8.4 yards per pass attempt and 554 total yards (7.1 yards per play).  Overall, the Vandals are 0.9 yards per rush play, 1.3 yards per pass attempt and 1.0 yards per play worse than average defensively this season. Washington State bettors will rejoice at the fact that the Cougars maintain a massive 1.2 yards per play advantage offensively over Idaho’s stop unit.

Technical Analysis

  • Idaho is 4-13 ATS on artificial turf and 0-11 ATS on the road, with ten of those losses coming by 30 or more points;
  • Washington State has won seven straight in this series, all of which have come by double-digits;
  • Washington State is 9-18 ATS as home favorites, but the Cougars have covered three of the last four games in this situation.

Washington State also applies to a 34-7 ATS angle that is 5-0 ATS since 2001.  If you must bet on this game, Pro Edge strongly recommends laying the points with the vastly-improved home favorite.