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2021 Sun Bowl prediction, odds, spread: Washington State vs. Central Michigan picks from model on 43-30 run

Washington State (7-5) and Central Michigan (8-4) meet up in the 2021 Sun Bowl on Friday afternoon. The Chippewas ended the regular season on a four-game win streak, with a 19.3 average margin of victory over that stretch. In its last game on Nov. 26, Central Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 31-10. Meanwhile, the Cougars won two straight games to cap off their regular season.

Kickoff is at noon ET on CBS from Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. The Cougars are seven-point favorites, while the over-under is set at 57.5 in the latest Washington State vs. Central Michigan odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before locking in any Washington State vs. Central Michigan picks, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters the third week of the 2021-22 college football bowl season on a 43-30 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Washington State vs. Central Michigan and revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see all of the model’s college football bowl game picks. Here are several college football odds and betting lines for Central Michigan vs. Washington State:

  • Washington State vs. Central Michigan spread: Washington State -7 
  • Washington State vs. Central Michigan over-under: 57.5 points 
  • Washington State vs. Central Michigan money line: Washington State -280, Central Michigan +230 
  • CMU: Chippewas are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall 
  • WSU: Cougars are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games overall

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Why Central Michigan can cover

Redshirt freshman running back Lew Nichols III had a terrific 2021 campaign. He was the top rusher in the MAC and led it in multiple categories. Nichols III is first in carries (311), rushing yards (1710), and tied for first in rushing touchdowns (15). The Michigan native is averaging a conference-high 142.5 rushing yards per game.

Nichols III has rushed for more than 100 rushing yards in nine games, including seven straight to end the season. The 2020 MAC Freshman of the Year had a two-week stretch where he went over 200 rushing yards in back-to-back games. Against Kent State and Ball State, Nichols III combined to log 75 carries for 434 yards with seven scores. He has been a workhorse for this Chippewas’ offense. 

Why Washington State can cover

Sophomore Jayden de Laura was one of the top quarterbacks in the Pac-12 this season. He ranked first in passing yards per game (250.1) and passing touchdowns (23). The Hawaii native has thrown at least three passing touchdowns in five regular-season games. His best outing came in a win over Oregon State. De Laura went 32-of-46 for 399 passing yards with three passing touchdowns. 

The Cougars trot out one of the best-receiving combos in the Pac-12. Senior receiver Calvin Jackson Jr. leads the team with 63 receptions for 955 yards with seven touchdowns. The Florida native is first in the conference with 79.6 receiving yards per game. Fellow senior receiver Travell Harris leads the team with 73 receptions while racking up 801 yards. He also reeled in a team-high nine touchdowns. 

How to make Washington State vs. Central Michigan picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 56 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Sun Bowl pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Washington State vs. Central Michigan? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.

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