Washington Huskies (8-3) at Washington State Cougars (10-1)
College Football: Friday, November 23, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Martin Stadium)
The Line: Washington State Cougars -3.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The 18th ranked Washington Huskies will travel to the 8th ranked Washington State Cougars this Friday night in the Apple Cup.
The 18th Washington Huskies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-3 (6-2 Pac-12 north) on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 42-23, this past Saturday. Washington jumped all over Oregon State early in this one and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 28-3 lead with :40 seconds left in regulation. Washington outgained Oregon State by a 503-363 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Huskies was QB Jake Browning who completed 17 of 23 passes for 242 passing yards & 3 TD’s.
On the season, Washington is averaging 28.0 ppg on 415.3 total yards per game (236.9 passing yds/g; 178.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington has been led by RB duo of Myles Gaskin (20.6 att/g; 100.7 yds/g; 7 TD) & Salvon Ahmed (7.5 att/g; 44.5 yds/g; 7 TD). QB Jake Browning has completed 64.5% from the field for 16 TD & 8 INT while averaging 225.9 passing yds/g. The top receivers for Browning and the Huskies have been Aaron Fuller (4.5 rec/g; 68.5 yds/g; 4 TD) & Ty Jones (2.5 rec/g; 41.5 yds/g; 6 TD). Defensively, Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 16.6 ppg on 318.0 total yards per game (192.8 passing yds/g; 125.2 rushing yds/g).
The 8th ranked Washington State Cougars won their 7th straight game, improving to 10-1 (7-1 Pac-12 North) on the season after defeating the Arizona Wildcats, 69-28, this past Saturday. Washington State and their top-ranked passing attack had no trouble carving up the Wildcats secondary and had no trouble securing the victory after they went into halftime with a 55-14 lead. Washington State outgained Washington by a 605-431 margin and won the turnover battle by a 4-0 margin. Leading the way for the Cougars was QB Gardner Minshew who completed 43 of 55 passes for 473 yards & 7 TD’s.
On the season, Washington State is averaging 40.5 ppg on 482.3 total yards per game (400.5 passing yds/g; 81.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State has been led by QB Gardner Minshew who has completed 70.4% of his passes for 36 TD & 7 INT while averaging 393.2 passing yds/g. The top receivers for the Minshew and the Cougars have been Dezmon Patmon (4.9 rec/g; 66.8 yds/g; 4 TD), Davontavean Martin (5.6 rec/g; 57.9 yds/g; 8 TD), and Easop Winston Jr. (4.3 rec/g; 54.5 yds/g; 8 TD). Leading the way for the Washington State backfield has been James Williams who has 10 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 44.3 rushing yds/g. Williams has also been a major threat out of the backfield as he has 4 receiving TD’s on the season while averaging 48.2 receiving yds/g on 6.3 rec/g. Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 22.6 ppg on 332.5 total yards per game (206.9 passing yds/g; 125.5 rushing yds/g).
The Huskies are 5-2 ATS in their last 5 Friday games however, are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Cougars are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
This is going to be a great game as not only is this a great rivalry, the winner of this game will advance to the Pac-12 Championship. Washington has had a solid season and comes in with one of the best defenses in the country as they rank 10th in scoring defense, however, the Huskies have been much more vulnerable against the pass this season. Washington State still has a very outside shot at the CFB Playoffs and as it just doesn’t seem like any defense can slow done Mike Leach and Gardner Minshew passing attack, I’m taking Washington State to win the Apple Cup and cover this small spread.