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Predictions for the BYU vs Washington State game

The game between BYU and Washington will be broadcast tomorrow, and various sources have offered predictions.

Predictions that BYU might win:

Putting everything else aside for a moment, BYU should be able to keep the passing game rolling and put up a fight against another Pac-12 club.

In the last two weeks, the Cougars have lost to Boise State and Baylor, although they opened the year with victories over Arizona, Utah, and Arizona State. Since then, the passing attack has improved – throwing for more than 300 yards in three of the previous four games – and Washington State's offence has been adequate.

The Pac-12 Cougars have been winning lately, but their offence has failed to reach 400 yards in four of their previous five games.

The BYU offence will be more balanced, having hit 400 yards or more in each of its last four games.

Predictions that Washington:

The Jake Dickert era begins just as the Cougars are getting off to a good start.

Takeaways have been a significant element of Washington State's defence this season, with two or more in every game until the win over Cal, and the offence has been more productive when it has its chances.

Overall, the squad has struggled in the red zone, but it is now scoring touchdowns rather than settling for field goals.

What’s going to happen:

Washington State performed admirably during Nick Rolovich's refusal to be vaccinated circus, and it should continue to do so now that it's gone — at least for the athletes and football team.

In last week's loss against Boise State, BYU handed the ball away four times, and also struggled to keep the Baylor offence off the field on third downs. As Washington State moves over the last few weeks and continues to produce, expect a mix of those two things.

Dickert isn't one to muck about with things. The key will be consistency, and he'll make it happen.

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