The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars are both coming off big wins this past weekend. Which team will win the rivalry game known as the Apple Cup this Friday?
Washington State Cougars @ Washington Huskies
Friday, November 29 – 3:35 PM ET
Odds: Huskies -16.5
The Washington State Cougars will be going to a bowl game for the first time in a decade after coach Mike Leach’s team won its sixth game of the season this past weekend against the Utah Utes. Washington State’s rise is one of the better stories in the Pac-12 Conference this season. The Cougars have managed to beat just enough teams in the Pac-12 (California, Arizona, Utah, USC) to produce a non-losing season. This means that they should be given a very reasonable chance to win in Seattle against a Washington team that has been up and down for most of the season. Washington was hoping for a big season thanks to the passing ability of quarterback Keith Price, but the Huskies have been far too inconsistent on both sides of the ball. Washington simply did not measure up to Stanford and Oregon in the Pac-12 North. The Huskies also lost to Arizona State and UCLA, the two best teams in the Pac-12 South. They won’t be going to a prestigious bowl game, so in that sense, their 2013 season can be viewed as a failure.
Yet, Washington’s lack of success this season means that this Apple Cup game becomes even more important for the Huskies. Playing at home, they know that if they lose, they’re going to experience a miserable offseason. Washington State, by clinching bowl eligibility, won’t feel as great a need to win this game at all costs. It’s going to matter more for Washington, which – with either Cyler Miles or Price at quarterback (Price’s status is unclear due to a shoulder injury) – should be able to find enough offense to outscore Washington State in what promises to be a high-scoring contest. Consider the over as well as Washington on the college football betting lines.
Pick: Washington -16.5