With conference realignment taking over college football, this year’s Apple Cup could be one of the last matchups for a while, with no currently scheduled games between the Huskies and Cougars. Washington, undefeated and playing at home, are heavy favorites. The Huskies have played a lot of close battles, having won seven games by 1o points or less, but they have come up clutch every time they have needed to.
The Huskies are only 5-6 against the spread, as they have won a lot of close ones. Washington State enters with the same ATS record. Don’t overlook the Cougars, who had a rough middle stretch of the season, losing six in a row after starting 4-0. They beat Wisconsin and Oregon State outright as underdogs during their hot start. Four one-score losses are the difference in the season for Washington State.
Last week’s decisive win 56-14 over Colorado may have injected some life back into the team, and a win against rival Washington will get the Cougars to bowl eligibility. The Apple Cup is at Washington this year, and it kicks off on FOX at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Washington vs. Washington State live odds
Here are the moneyline, spread and total points live odds for the Apple Cup at the top online sportsbooks.
Washington Huskies betting news: All eyes on Penix
It starts and ends with the Huskies’ brilliant quarterback, Michael Penix Jr., as the fifth-year senior has been everything for this Washington team. Penix has put up video-game numbers in shootouts and has come up in the clutch during less prolific performances.
The Heisman candidate QB has put together game-winning drives every time the Huskies have been in a close one, whether they were coming from behind or pushing for bigger cushions late. With 3,695 passing yards this season and 30 touchdowns versus only seven interceptions, Penix will likely win the Heisman if he leads the Huskies to a Pac-12 title and CFP appearance.
Give credit to his elite receiving core with several future NFL wide receivers. Rome Odunze, a strong target at 6-foot-3, leads the Huskies with 66 receptions, 1,206 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is fifth in all of college football in receiving yards, and that has come with every Pac-12 defense zoning in on him. They have not been able to slow him down.
The other piece to Washington’s dynamic receiver duo is Jalen McMillan, who hurt his knee in the third game of the year and was averaging 100 yards receiving per game at the time. Reports say he is close to 100% again and will start for the second week in a row. While he did not record a catch last week, he’s another elite target for Penix as he continues to ramp back up.
Washington State Cougars betting news: Ball security crucial to Cougs upset
Which Washington State team comes to play this week? The one that started 4-0 and hammered Colorado last week, or the team that lost six in a row in the middle of the season? In a rivalry game as bitter as the Apple Cup, expect the Cougars to bring their A-game, even though it still might not be enough to be the Huskies.
To have a chance in this matchup, the Cougars need to get a special performance from quarterback Cameron Ward. Washington has not won a game when Ward throws an interception. When the junior QB has not thrown a pick, the Cougars are 5-2. Ward is capable of special performances, like when he threw for 404 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against Oregon State in a 38-35 win.
The Cougars defense has not been good this season in their losses, allowing points at will. That is why the Apple Cup will come down to Ward and the Cougars offense. With a defense that can’t stop good offenses, the Cougars need Ward to have that type of game he had against Oregon State to upset the Huskies, take home the Apple Cup and earn a bowl game.
Washington vs. Washington State prop bets at FanDuel Sportsbook
Check out some exciting props for Saturday’s Apple Cup rivalry matchup between Washington and Washington State.
- Washington -15.5 and OVER 67.5 points (+230)
- Washington -15.5 and UNDER 67.5 points (+260)
- Washington State +15.5 and OVER 67.5 points (+290)
- Washington State +15.5 and UNDER 67.5 points (+250)
- Alt Points
- 57.5 OVER (-275) / UNDER (+205)
- 61.5 OVER (-188) / UNDER (+168)
- 73.5 OVER (+156) / UNDER (-196)
- 77.5 OVER (+215) / UNDER (-290)
Washington vs. Washington State: Penix leads Huskies to undefeated regular season
Washington has a lot on the line. If they remain undefeated and beat Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship, they’ll likely get into the College Football Playoff. A loss to Washington State and a win against Oregon would leave things murky. Washington knows this and will be fired up on Saturday looking to prove they deserve a CFP spot.
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