The #8 overall Washington State Cougars (10-1) host the #18 overall Washington Huskies (8-3) on Friday night in a Pac-12 battle for state-wide bragging rights and the Apple Cup. Kickoff is set for 8:30 PM EST at Martin Stadium and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Taking a look at the Week 13 college football odds, Washington State opened as a 3-point home favorite earlier this week. That line has yet to move at all after early betting, as the Cougars are currently listed at -3. The total for the game is sitting at 54 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Washington State vs Washington
Washington won their second game in a row last weekend, crushing Oregon State 42-23 to improve to 8-3 overall. The Huskies have to be feeling good heading into this all-important battle for the Apple Cup, as they have won the last three meetings between these two teams while also outscoring the Cougars by a 131-41 margin. QB Jake Browning has been solid this year, passing for 16 touchdowns and averaging 225.9 passing yards per game. He has certainly enjoyed playing with RB Myles Gaskin, who is currently averaging over 100 yards per game on the ground and has already racked up seven touchdowns. Salvon Ahmed has played well too, also rushing for seven touchdowns while averaging about 50 rushing yards per game. As a whole, Washington is currently averaging 28.0 points per game on 415.3 total yards of offense. They have been pretty well balanced, throwing for 236.9 yards per game while gaining 178.4 yards on the ground per game.
The Huskies have been fantastic on the other side of the ball, giving up an average of just 16.6 points per game to opponents on 318.0 total yards of offense. They have been especially strong against the run, surrendering only 125.2 yards per game on the ground (22nd overall).
Washington State reeled off their seventh consecutive victory last weekend, destroying Arizona 69-28 to improve to 10-1 overall. The Cougars racked up over 600 yards of total offense, including 473 yards and seven touchdowns through the air. QB Gardner Minshew was been outstanding all season long, throwing 36 touchdowns while averaging a ridiculous 393.2 passing yards per game. He has certainly had a ton of help from the dynamic receiving trio of Dezmon Patmon, Davontavean Martin, and Easop Winston Jr. who have combined for 20 touchdowns and averaged over 60.0 receiving yards per game. RB James Williams leads the way on the ground, racking up ten rushing touchdowns and catching four more out of the backfield. Overall, Washington State is averaging a very impressive 40.5 points per game on 482.3 total yards of offense.
The Cougars have been above average defensively through their first eleven games, holding opponents to only 22.6 points per game on 332.5 yards of total offense. They have really looked strong against the rush, giving up just 125.5 yards per game on the ground (23rd overall).
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Washington State -3
This is one of my favorite rivalries in all of college football, as games between these two schools are always tightly contested and highly entertaining. The stakes are even higher this year, as the winner of this game will face Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game next weekend. I think the biggest thing that stand out to me in this matchup is how dominant the Cougars have been against the spread lately, going 17-5 ATS over their last 22 games overall. Washington, on the other hand, is a dreadful 0-7 ATS in their last seven conference games.
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The Huskies are also 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall. They have really struggled on the road as of late as well, going just 1-7 ATS over their last eight games away from Husky Stadium. Washington State is a solid 25-10 ATS in their last 35 meetings with Pac-12 opponents and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against teams with a winning record.
While Washington has still had a pretty impressive year defensively, their secondary isn’t as dominant as it once was. I don’t think they have the personal to slow down Gardner Minshew, as he is pretty much unstoppable right now. The Cougs have now scored 30+ points in five out of their last six games – I don’t see how the Huskies can keep pace with such a balanced offense that can pretty much do it all. I’m happy to lay just a field goal in this particular spot, as I think Washington State will cover this small spread with ease – give me the home favorite.