The Washington State Cougars will travel to Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in a Pac-12 Conference matchup. The Cougars are 4-4 (3-2) this season and are coming off a 21-19 home loss to the BYU Cougars. Sophomore quarterback Jayden de Laura finished the game going 26-of-37 for 257 yards with an interception. The Sun Devils are 5-2 (3-1) and are coming off a bye week as they lost on the road 35-21 to the Utah Utes. Junior quarterback Jayden Daniels finished 20-of-31 for 237 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
These programs last faced off in 2019 and the Arizona State Sun Devils picked up a 38-34 home win. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to determine where we should be placing our wagers.
Jayden de Laura Continues to ImproveThe Washington State Cougars have been throwing the football well this season as they have sophomore quarterback Jayden de Laura under center. So far this season, he has completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,733 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions through the air and 69 rushing yards (2.6 yards per carry) with a rushing touchdown. In his last game against the BYU Cougars, he finished going 26-of-37 with 257 yards and an interception as well as three rushes for 10 yards (3.3 yards per rush attempt). If he can get the football to some of his better skill position players, it will be a good spot for him.
The Washington State Cougars have been a decent defensive team as they are giving up 25.1 points per game this season. In their previous game against the BYU Cougars, they allowed 21 points on 385 total yards of offense (147 passing, 238 rushing). BYU went 8-of-13 on third down attempts so Washington State needs to improve there. If they can be a little better defensively, it will really help the program win.
JD Needs to Lessen the TurnoversThe Arizona State Sun Devils have been doing well behind junior quarterback Jayden Daniels this season. He is currently 29th in college football with a 72.2 QBR as well as a 69% completion percentage for 1,506 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions as well as 69 rushes for 401 yards (5.8 yards per carry) with four rushing touchdowns. In his last game against the Utah Utes, Daniels finished going 20-of-31 for 237 yards with a pair of touchdowns through the air and 14 attempts for 32 yards (2.3 yards per carry) with a rushing touchdown sprinkled in. If he can continue to use his legs, it will do wonders for the Sun Devils.
The Arizona State Sun Devils have been doing well defensively this season as they are allowing 18.9 points per game. In their previous game against the Utah Utes, they gave up 35 points on 385 total yards of offense (237 passing, 148 rushing). They need to improve getting stops as the Utes went 7-of-11 on third down attempts and converted their only fourth-down attempt. They need to stop the run as Utah averaged 5.8 rushing yards per attempt. If they can improve, it will be a better spot for this program.
- Arizona State: Sun Devils are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Arizona State: Sun Devils are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games.
- Washington State: Cougars are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.