June 30, 2021
2021 Washington State Cougars Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
We didn't get to see a lot of the Washington State Cougars in 2020, the first season of the post-Mike Leach Era. What we did get to see wasn't very good.
Things started off well enough, winning 38-28 as three-point underdogs at Oregon State. But they lost and failed to cover the final three games, losing to Oregon, at USC and at Utah. It was a brutal, albeit short, schedule, and the Cougars lost all three of the final games by at least 14 points.
Head coach Nick Rolovich took the reins, but with COVID, limited practices and a severely decreased schedule, his run-and-shoot offense didn't get a real chance to take root. The good news for the Cougars is multi-fold. They had a mostly normal spring and offseason, and they head into the fall with star RB Max Borghi back in the fold. WRs Renard Bell and Travell Harris, holdovers from the Leach era, are potential stars. And QB Jarrett Guarantano transfers in from Tennessee to compete with Cammon Cooper and Jayden de Laura, so there will be plenty of competition to start behind a fairly solid and experienced offensive line.
On defense, the Cougs get seven starts back from a mostly mediocre unit. They allowed a rough 6.7 yards per play, and 38.5 points per game while managing just eight sacks. Of course, that's over just four games, but it just wasn't good enough. They need to cut down the yards per play, while increasing pressure on the quarterback. They also need to create more turnovers.
The non-conference schedule will have Washington State get off on the right foot. Reality will set in Sept. 18 with a visit from USC, and they also face a trip to Utah right after that. The conference schedule should begin in rather brutal fashion before the Cougs find some success. Back-to-back trips to Arizona State and Oregon Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 are also a little concerning, and the Apple Cup rivalry game is also on the road against Washington.
To me, this looks like a four- or five-win team at best, making the UNDER the best play.
Preseason Best Bet: Under 6 Wins (-113)
2021 Washington State Cougars Schedule
Win Total Odds
Washington State Odds to win 2021 Pac-12 Championship
The Cougars would be super lucky to be able to qualify for a bowl with six wins. In fact, that might be a successful season if they could get to .500. They're too discombobulated to compete for league titles at the moment, but they are on the right track to get better.
Washington State Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
Washington State, even when the pirate Leach was commanding the ship, didn't have this team positioned for national prominence. They have been, and could be, a fun team to watch, but they're not very mindful of defense. Defense wins championships. This team isn't going to win, or compete, for a national title any time soon.
Washington State 2021 Heisman Contenders & Odds
Max Borghi +6600
Borghi is a fan, Swiss Army knife kind of a player. He is like a poor man's Christian McCaffrey from Stanford a few years ago. He can run, catch balls out of the backfield, and he'll put up a lot of multi-purpose yardage and scores. But he isn't a serious Heisman contender.
2020 Washington State Cougars Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 Washington State Cougars
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