According to 32% of voters, the Brigham Young Cougars and Washington State Cougars will attempt somewhere between 60 and 69 passes in the season opener. Over one-fourth (26%) feel the two cougars will attempts 70-79 passes. On the lower end, 50-59 passes received 18% of the vote as did 80+. The final 6% of the votes went to 40-49.
My vote is for the 70-79 range.
Washington State coach Mike Leach is inheriting a team ready to throw the ball. In 2011, Washington State averaged 41 pass attempts per game. In his final season as heach coach at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders put the ball up 51.5 times per game, which was approximately the same number of pass attempts his first season. Expecting 50 pass attempts from Washington State on August 30 sounds reasonable.
BYU quarterback Riley Nelson attempted more than 30 passes in a single game just twice in 2011. I don’t expect him to throw that many against Washington State. The run game will be a big part of BYU’s game plan that week. I think 20-29 pass attempts is very reasonable.
Put the two figures together and the range is 70-79.
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