A BetOnline review of Mike Leach’s coaching history would show that he is one of the top offensive minds out there, but he can rub some people the wrong way and that led to his dismissal at Texas Tech. Leach is back in the game with Washington State, and his first game comes at BYU, who is going into their second year as an independent.
Washington State vs. BYU Odds – Thursday, August 30th, 10:15 PM ET
The Cougars finished 4-8 last season and two of those wins came in nine Pac-12 games, so players that use a bookie service may not have them on their radar. But Washington State was ninth in the nation in passing and the Cougars have two able pivots in Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday, who got some reps last year and looked fantastic at times, and like a freshman in others. Tuel will probably get the nod early because of experience, but Halliday has tons of potential and he has a potentially great receiver in Marquess Wilson. The defense will now be led by coordinator Mike Breske and he’ll take over a unit that 111th in pass efficiency defense, but the secondary is experienced, so that could help them at football betting sites.
BYU, also named the Cougars, got off to a slow start in 2011 but roared to a 10-win record, thanks to a defense that was 13th in the country. That unit may take a small step back this year at the back end, but it’s still strange to think that the defense is the strongest part of the team at BYU, a school known for offense. There are a couple questions to ask at quarterback, where Riley Nelson and James Lark will battle for the No.1 spot, and there isn’t that much depth in the backfield, but Cody Hoffman is one of the most underrated receivers in the nation.
BYU should be the home favorites in this college football betting contest to open the season, and this is the first meeting for these Cougars. There is a renewed hope at Washington State, who haven’t been to a bowl game since beating Texas in the Holiday Bowl back in 2003 and Leach has a few weapons to work with offensively. This will be a solid test of where Washington State as BYU has a good enough defense to challenge their offense, and when the ball switches teams, BYU can also test Washington State’s offense, which still needs a little work and that’ll be the difference, especially on the road. Go with BYU in your online sportsbook (click here to lay a college football bet).