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Washington State UNLV Betting Tips – Two Struggling Programs Look For Fresh Respect

Posted by Blake Frazier on 9/11/2012 6:30:52 PM

The UNLV and Washington State football programs are lagging behind their competitors in their respective conferences. They both need a statement-making win in the worst possible way.

Washington State Cougars @ UNLV Runnin' Rebels – Friday, September 14    
Sport betting line: No line

Why Washington State Will Win

Even if you don't care for online casino games, you have to acknowledge that Washington State coach Mike Leach is one of the foremost riverboat gamblers in all of college football.

Leach insists on winning games with his air raid passing attack. Leach never met a "fourth down and four yards to go" situation that he didn't like. Leach will go for fourth downs as often as possible, unless the calculus is such that there's no reason to pursue another first down. He takes no prisoners when placed between the white lines. He is aggressive in his play selection and his overall approach to the game, and this is how he won so consistently at Texas Tech University, despite the fact – and it was a fact – that the Red Raiders never did pull in the kinds of recruits that the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma gained in the Big 12 Conference.

Leach, quite simply, got the Texas Tech program to overachieve and play well above its expected level of competence. Texas Tech has struggled to a considerable extent since Leach was pushed out of the job in late December of 2009. His value to a college football program is considerable, and that's why Washington State hired him to be its newest coach.

Leach's air raid system takes time to implement, but once it comes into focus, it is lethal. Washington State will continue to experience growing pains as it learns more of Leach's ways, but the Cougars' rough start should begin to give way to more growth and development in this contest against a subpar UNLV side. Washington State lost by 24 points at Brigham Young in its season opener because BYU owns a rugged and physical defense that toyed with Wazzu's offensive line. Washington State should be able to boss around UNLV's defensive line, and that should make all the difference for the Cougars.

Why UNLV Will Win

When football betting aficionados assess this game, they're going to realize that while UNLV is not a tremendously talented team, the Rebels are going to be a tricky opponent for Washington State. This game is being played at night in Las Vegas. The Rebels don't have to travel and can lie in wait to spring an ambush against a team that has not yet found itself. Washington State's offensive line is a mess, and quarterback Jeff Tuel did not make very good decisions in the team's season-opening 30-6 loss at Brigham Young.

The long, hard and laborious process of learning a new offense is going to make Washington State ragged and uneven under new head coach Mike Leach this season. In the middle of September, teams do not yet work out all of the kinks and rough edges from their system. Generating precision and smoothness on offense takes time. If UNLV can capitalize on the inefficiencies and inadequacies of Washington State's passing game, it can get a pick-six here and another game-changing turnover there. The Rebels will have everything in place to produce an upset.

Who Will Win

It’s possible that UNLV could challenge Washington State for four full quarters, but the likely outcome is that Washington State will control the line of scrimmage and gain more leverage in the third and fourth quarters. Pick the visiting Cougars over the homestanding Rebels.

College Football Betting Pick: Washington State

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