It’s August 10 and in a month the Washington State Cougars will be going against the Boise State Broncos on the Smurf Turf in one of the more marquee matchups in the 2016 season. A win against Boise State could strengthen WSU’s argument that they’re a legitimate contender to win the Pac-12 and earn a College Football Playoff berth, right?
Still, it's a longshot.
Per Bovada online sportsbook, the Cougars are given just 200-to-1 odds to win the 2016 College Football Playoffs national championship. After the 2016 title game ended, WSU was listed at 66-to-1 and just a month later that number grew to 100-to-1.
Updated odds to win national championship, per Bovada. For entertainment purposes, of course. pic.twitter.com/kn1q6R9rLG— Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) August 10, 2016
Stanford, where David Shaw hasn’t named a starting quarterback (Keller Chryst vs. Ryan Burns), carries the best odds of the Pac-12 teams at 25-to-1, followed by Oregon, USC, Washington, UCLA, Utah, ASU, WSU, and Arizona.
Being an underdog is nothing new for Washington State and at 200-to-1, it might be worth putting down some money for the Cougs, in terms of value. A $10 bet for Washington State could result in a $2,010 payout, which is exactly how much money I placed on the Cougars when I was at the Palazzo Sports Book in Las Vegas just two weeks ago.