The Washington Huskies (6-5) host the Washington State Cougars (6-5) on Friday in a PAC-12 showdown for the Apple Cup. Kickoff is set for 4:00 PM EST on November 29th at Husky Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on FOX.
Taking a look at the Week 14 college football odds, Washington opened as a 6.5-point home favorite earlier this week. The spread has increased by half a point after early betting, as the Huskies are currently available at -7. The total for the game is sitting at 63.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Washington vs WSU
Washington State came out on the right end of a 54-53 thriller at home against Oregon State last weekend to improve to 6-5 on the season overall. The Cougars put up 14 unanswered points in the third quarter to take the lead but almost collapsed down the stretch, getting outscored 29-19 over the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Anthony Gordon went 50/70 for 606 passing yards and six touchdowns while also getting picked off three times. RB Max Borghi led the way on the ground, rushing for 44 yards and two touchdowns on ten carries. Renard Bell also had a multi-touchdown outing, finding the end zone twice on two of his eight catches for 108 receiving yards. As a whole, Washington State gained well over 600 total yards of offense and scored eight touchdowns against a shell-shocked Beavers defense.
The Cougars had a horrendous outing on the other side of the ball against Oregon State, giving up 601 total yards of offense and seven touchdowns. Washington State had no answer for RB Jermar Jefferson on the ground, as he rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns on a game-high 21 carries.
Washington has now lost three out of their last four games after falling 20-14 on the road against Colorado last weekend to drop to 6-5 on the season overall. The Huskies fell behind 13-0 early and never fully recovered despite outscoring the Buffaloes 14-7 over the final two quarters of the game. QB Jacob Eason wasn’t at his best, throwing an interception and going 21/34 for 206 passing yards through the air. Richard Newton and Salvon Ahmed couldn’t get much going on the ground, combing for only 61 rushing yards on a 25 carries. Hunter Bryant led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in five catches for 82 yards. Overall, Washington generated 238 total yards of offense and found the end zone twice in the loss.
The Huskies were fairly average defensively against Colorado, surrendering just two touchdowns despite allowing more than 400 total yards of offense. Washington couldn’t find a way to contain Buffaloes WR Laviska Shenault Jr. downfield, as he racked up seven receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: WSU +7
I’m leaning slightly towards taking the seven points and rolling with the road underdog in this PAC-12 clash, as I like the Cougars chances of staying within striking distance of a Washington team that has been held to just 33 total points over their last two games combined. Of course, Washington State has been absolutely terrible defensively so far this season, giving up an average of over 30 points per game. Still, the Huskies just lost to Colorado last weekend, a team that the Cougars crushed 41-10 back in mid-October. Even if WSU can’t find a way to win this matchup outright, it should be a back and forth affair that stays competitive deep into the second half.
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The one factor that concerns me a little bit in this spot is how poorly Washington State has fared against the spread in the Apple Cup as of late. Not only are they just 2-8 ATS over their last ten meetings with the Huskies, they have also failed to cover the number in five straight games against Washington dating back to 2014. The Cougars have really struggled against PAC-12 opponents lately as well, going just 3-6 ATS over their last nine conference games. However, Washington is only 2-4 against the spread in their last six games overall, so they have hardly been playing their best football over the past couple of months. I’m going to take the seven points and side with Washington State on Friday afternoon – give me the Cougars to cover!