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2011 Apple Cup: WSU Cougars vs. UW Huskies Week 13 Handicapping Preview

WSU Cougars (4-7) at UW Huskies (6-5)

Washington has lost 3 straight and 4 of their last 5 and this season is just the opposite of last season when they won their last 3 games to become bowl eligible. They can end the season with a winning record if they can beat the WSU Cougars this Saturday.

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Washington State Cougars vs. Washington Huskies Week 13 Handicapping Preview
Washington State Cougars (4-7) vs Washington Huskies (6-5) 
Saturday, November 26, 7:30 p.m. ET
Husky Stadium, SEATTLE, WA
Favorite: UW -9 (-110), Over/Under 65.5 (-110) (Bookmaker.eu)

WSU is coming off a tough OT loss last week to Utah and with the loss they will end the season with a losing record.

The Cougars almost beat a solid Utah team last week, but they committed 5 turnovers and freshman QB Connor Halliday was picked off in the beginning of OT to hand the win to the Utes.

Last season the Huskies pulled out a 35-27 win over WSU in the Apple Cup game getting a TD pass from Jake Locker with only 44 seconds left in the game. With the major issues the Huskies have had on D in their last few games they will need good games from QB Keith Price and RB Chris Polk.

Polk did rush for 109 yards in the loss to OSU, but with the Huskies having to play catch up they had to air it out to come back.

Chris Polk

Chris Polk Should run wild on Saturday in Seattle

The Huskies will look to establish the run early and Polk and the rushing offense will be facing a WSU run defense that ranks 65th in the nation and gave up 186 yards on the ground to Utah last week.

Nick Montana struggled last week in his first ever start under center and I think Price will get the starting nod this week. Washington State only ranks 90th in the nation defending the pass.

Cougars vs. Huskies Free Prediction

Halliday has played well since becoming the starting QB for WSU, but he is out for the Apple Cup with a lacerated liver. (Ouch) Enter Marshall Lobbestael, and all he needs to ensure he does is avoid the turnovers in this game.

Luckily he will be facing a Washington pass defense that only ranks 112th in the nation and allowed Oregon State’s QB Sean Mannion to pass for 339 yards last week.

Just like the Huskies last week the Cougars had to go to the air to come back and RB Rickey Galvin, who rushed for a legit 5.8 yards per carry, last week has to help Marshall out on offense.

Last week the Huskies and their 60th ranked rushing defense allowed Oregon State, who has one of the worst rushing offenses in the league, to gain 145 yards on the ground.

The Huskies have really struggled in the last few weeks, but I think they will get back on track in this game. Look for Polk to tear it up on the ground and lead the Huskies to a win in a high scoring game.

I’m on the over 65.5    

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