NCAA Football – Week 13
The Apple Cup is one of the most anticipated college football betting battles of the year in the state of Washington, and the Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars are set to do battle for the trophy this week at Martin Stadium.
The Huskies are going to try to lock down a bid to a respectable bowl game this year by winning this, what would be their eighth victory of the season. U-Dub is ranked in the Top 25 and would like to keep it that way in what has been a challenging season against a horrifying schedule. The Huskies have won and covered four in a row on the back of their defense, which has allowed just a total of 48 points in the last four games combined after getting 52 run up on them by the Arizona Wildcats on the road on October 20th. QB Keith Price still continues to struggle, though. He really has taken a massive step backwards this year, throwing just 16 TDs a year after throwing 33 as a sophomore. However, Price did inflate his numbers just a bit by tossing five scores against the Colorado Buffaloes, but who doesn’t pad their stats just a bit against the Buffs nowadays…
Meanwhile, Washington State has had a dismal first season under Head Coach Mike Leach that might end in him getting fired. It’s not the results that have the university concerned as much as it is the fact that his players are rebelling against Leach. The team’s leading receiver and best player, WR Marquess Wilson has left the team because of Leach’s antics, and what Wazzu has to figure out is whether it is Leach being unreasonable, or the players lacking discipline that is causing all of the troubles. One thing we know for sure is that Leach needs a quarterback to run this wide open offense of his, and he just doesn’t have one. QBs Connor Halliday and Jeff Tuel have combined to throw for 3,613 yards with 23 TDs against 19 picks on the campaign. Washington State is throwing the ball an average of 51.9 times per game as opposed to running it 20.5 times per game, and many of those runs are quarterback sacks or runs on designed pass plays.
This is a bunch of points to be laying in a rivalry game, and we think that the time is here to back the Cougars even though there is little justification to do so. Washington is clearly the better of these two teams, but on the road in an instate rivalry, few 7-4 teams should be playing 11 to anyone. Washington 27 – Washington State 23