The Miami of Florida Hurricanes will look to record their first college football postseason win since 2006 when they battle the Washington State Cougars in the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl. The game kicks off on CBS this Saturday, December 26th at 2:00 PM ET, live from Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Cord-cutters can stream the game live on CBSsports.com.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Miami Hurricanes Vs Washington State Cougars Hyundai Sun Bowl Odds
The college football Hyundai Sun Bowl betting odds favor Washington State by a field-goal to beat Miami. If you are betting on a straight up winner, the Hurricanes pay 115 on 100 and the Cougars pay 100 on 145. The over/under is 62 if you are betting on the game total. Now, let’s find out if the underdog ‘Canes can pull off the upset to bring home the bacon!
What: Hyundai Sun Bowl
Who: Miami (FL) Hurricanes (8-4) at Washington State Cougars (8-4)
When: Saturday December 26, 2015
Kickoff: 2:00 PM ET
Where: El Paso, TX
Stadium: Sun Bowl
Spread: Washington State -3
Moneyline: Miami (FL) +115 vs Washington State -145
Game Total: 62
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Miami vs Washington State
Bet The Miami Hurricanes at +3 Because…
The Hurricanes should still be highly motivated to win nine games, a feat they’ve accomplished only twice since 2006.
The Hurricanes (8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS) have won two straight and four of their last five games coming into this contest including their narrow 29-24 win over Pittsburgh as a 7-point road dog on Nov. 27.
Miami’s five-game finish came under interim head coach Larry Scott after the school fired former head coach Al Golden just past the midway mark of the regular season.
Now, the Hurricanes will try to snap the school’s five-game losing streak in bowl games since beating Nevada 21-20 in the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl.
Miami is led by talented quarterback Brad Kaaya. The strong-armed sophomore signal-caller has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 3,019 yards with 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
The Hurricanes are led in rushing by running back Joseph Yearby (939 yards) while wide receiver Stacy Coley leads the team in receiving yards with 645. Miami averages 28.9 points per game (65th) while allowing 28.8 points per contest defensively (84th).
Bet The Washington State Cougars at -3 Because…
Washington State hasn’t won a bowl game since defeating Texas in the Holiday Bowl in 2003. Motivation won’t be an issue.
Washington State (8-4 SU, 9-3 ATS) had its modest three-game winning streak snapped in its humbling 45-10 loss against Pac-12 and in-state rival Washington I their regular season finale while never coming close to covering the spread as a 7.5-point road dog.
Still, the Cougars recorded their best record since going 8-4 back in 2003 and now look to close out their 2015 campaign with a huge victory.
The Cougars are led by All-Pac 12 first-team quarterback Luke Falk. The cerebral sophomore completed an insane 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,266 yards with a whopping 36 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
Running back Gerald Wicks leads the team in rushing with 599 yards while senior wide receiver Gabe Marks has hauled in 99 passes for 1,125 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Washington State leads the nation in red-zone conversions for a touchdown at 94.3 percent but has also allowed an enormous 39 sacks while ranking seventh in the country in turnover margin (plus-13).
The Cougars average 32.4 points per game (47th) while allowing 28.8 points per game defensively (85th).
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Both of these teams allowed an identical 28.8 points per game defensively and while Washington has the more explosive offense on paper, it is the Miami Hurricanes that I believe are the right pick to cover the college football betting line in this contest.
While Miami has gone 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a straight up win and a discouraging 0-4 ATS in their last four bowl games, the Hurricanes are also 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
Washington may be a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last half-dozen games against a team with a winning record and a blistering 8-1 ATS in their L/9 games overall, the Cougars are also just 2-5 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and an identical 2-5 ATS in their L/7 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
While only 38 percent of the betting public likes Miami to cover the spread as 4-point underdogs, I’m amongst that group and genuinely believe the Hurricanes are going to pull off the outright win!