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College Football Betting Preview: Washington Huskies vs. Washington St Cougars
November 25, 2023
The 2023 Apple Cup will take place on Saturday afternoon in week 13 of the college football season when the Washington State Cougars travel to Seattle, Washington to face the Washington Huskies at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium with kickoff set for 4:00 PM ET and the game will air on Fox.
Washington State needs another win to become bowl-eligible or they will miss a bowl game for the first time since the Covid season in 2020 as they enter this game with a record of 5-6 which is a far cry from how they started the season as they were 4-0 to start the season, however, they have lost six of their last seven games. The Cougars are coming off an impressive blowout win at home against the Colorado Buffaloes on Friday and the offense has looked explosive over their last two games as they are averaging 47.5 points per game during that span. The Washington State Cougars have also been one of the best scoring teams in college football this season as they are averaging 32.64 points per game and Cameron Ward has been the main catalyst for the success the offense has had as he enters this game having completed 291 of 437 attempts for 3,419 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. However, they will be playing against one of the better-scoring defenses in college football when they travel to face the Washington Huskies on Saturday afternoon.
Washington has already clinched a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game and is in the Top 4 of the College Football Playoff rankings as they enter this game ranked 4
with a record of 11-0 and are coming off their 3
straight win against a Top 25 team following a 22-20 win on the road against the Oregon State Beavers. The Huskies are one of the highest-scoring teams while also having an above-average scoring defense as they enter this game averaging the 9
most points per game with an average of 39.27 points per game while allowing an average of 23.18 points per game. Michael Penix Jr. has played a pivotal role in the success the Huskies have had this season as he enters this game having completed 262 of 395 attempts for 3,695 yards with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Huskies will be looking to finish the regular season undefeated when they host the Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup in week 13 of the college football season.
BookMaker has the Washington Huskies listed as 15.5-point favorites at home against the Washington State Cougars in the 2023 Apple Cup. Washington has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three meetings while going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Washington State Cougars are 5-6 ATS overall, 2-3 ATS on the road, 3-2 ATS as an underdog, and 3-5 ATS in conference games this season while the Washington Huskies are 5-5-1 ATS overall, 2-3-1 ATS at home, 4-5-1 ATS as a favorite, and 3-4-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
Washington enters this game with the best record in the Pac-12 and has already locked up a spot in the Pac-12 Conference Championship game. The Huskies have also dominated the series, winning eight of the last ten and going 7-3 ATS in those matchups. I look for that trend to continue this season which is why I am buying the .5 point and laying the points with the Huskies when they host the Cougars in the 2023 Apple Cup.
Spooky Express Pick: Washington Huskies -15
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