The Washington Huskies (9-2) have reeled off five straight wins heading into this divisional matchup.
The Washington State Cougars (7-4) have won three straight games heading into this pivotal game.
Kalen DeBoer, who is in his first year as the Huskies’ head coach, is looking to take home some hardware at his first Apple Cup.
“We definitely don’t have that trophy in our case right now,” DeBoer said. “I know it means a lot. One of two games I know Husky Nation circles every year. Looking for another great week.
“And playing for a lot more than just the trophy.”
Washington State will also be playing with some pride, as they hope to take down their in-state rivals.
“We know what the Apple Cup means to everybody,” Washington State head coach Jake Dickert said. “It means a lot to our players. It means a lot to our fan base. It means a lot to Cougs everywhere. And our guys will be ready to fight when the challenge comes.”
Washington Huskies Betting Preview
Michael Penix Jr. threw for 229 yards and one touchdown in his last game as the Huskies blew out the Colorado Boulders 54-7.
Wayne Taulapapa led the rushing attack with 107 yards on 11 carries to go along with two touchdowns. Cameron Davis added 59 yards on 12 rushes to go along with two TDs.
Jalen McMillan provided 98 receiving yards on six receptions to go along with one TD.
Penix is an absolute threat with the football in his hands, as he’s leading the best offense in the nation in passing yards per game and third-down percentage, as their offensive line provides excellent protection for their quarterback.
Washington State Cougars Betting Preview
Cameron Ward threw for 193 yards and one touchdown in his last game as the Cougars defeated the Arizona Wildcats 31-20.
Ward also led the rushing attack, as he ran for 59 yards and one TD. Nakia Watson added 56 yards and a TD on 15 carries.
Donovan Ollie caught three passes for 53 yards. Watson caught five passes for 30 yards and a TD.
The Cougars rank eighth in the nation in pass play rate. They don’t have much of a tendency to run, but their defense is adept at keeping their opponent off the board, as they allow just 19.8 points per game, which leads the Pac-12.
The Huskies are favored by a -1.5 spread in this one, as their offense and defense have both been clicking on all cylinders recently.
The Huskies rank third in finishing drives, whereas the Cougars are all the way down to 64th.
Penix is firmly in the mix for the Heisman Trophy Award, so expect him to lead the way alongside his elite defense and help his team win the Apple Cup pretty convincingly.