Miami vs Washington State Pick
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Miami (Fla.) won four of its final five games after the firing of head coach Al Golden to finish a respectable 8-4. In the final game before the Mark Richt era begins, the Hurricanes will face Washington State for the first time in school history, after the Huskies improved by five wins from the 2014 season.
Players to watch
Miami kicker Michael Badgley led the FBS with 25 made field goals this season, and made 8-of-10 from beyond 40 yards.
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk ranks fifth in the FBS with 4,266 passing yards and has thrown 36 touchdown passes.
Washington State is looking for its first bowl victory since 2003, having made only one appearance in that span.
Miami has lost its last five bowl appearances, having gone without a win since the 2006 Micron PC Computers Bowl.
Miami has never appeared in the Sun Bowl, while Washington State defeated Purdue 33-27 in its only other appearance, in 2001.
Washington State rushed for 959 yards during the regular season, the fewest of any FBS team.
Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya has thrown 15 touchdown passes against only four interceptions this season.
Huskies wide receiver Gabe Marks ranks fourth in the FBS with 99 receptions this season, totaling 1,125 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Hurricanes tackle Sunny Odogwu is not expected to play due to a knee injury.
Miami guard Danny Isidora is questionable with an undisclosed injury.
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 6 games
Washington State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington State’s last 5 games
Hurricanes vs Cougars
The Miami defense will be the difference in this game. Washington State can put up some points but the offensive line can be beat by athletic defensive linemen. The team speed of the Miami defense should be able to neutralize the the Cougars offense. On the other side of the ball, the Washington State defense is a liability. I don’t see Miami score a lot but they will score enough to win as a slight dog.
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