The fun doesn’t have to end once Thanksgiving Day is over, especially if you are a college football fan that has wrangled a day off work on Friday. There is a good slate of games on tap for Friday, and the best of the bunch has to be the Apple Cup game between the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars. The Huskies are still looking at taking the backdoor route into the playoffs, while the Cougars can steal that prize, as well as the PAC-12 North Division title away from their bitter rivals. The Huskies have the tie-breaker over Washington State in the division, but that will all be for naught if they cannot go on the road and get the in on Friday. The Cougars are coming off a tough loss last weekend, while the Huskies are back in business after a solid bounce back game. This has all the makings of an instant classic, and if you can only watch one game on Friday, this should be it. The bookies have the Huskies as a 6-point online betting favorite.
A Closer Look At The Week 13 College Football Expert Picks: Washington Huskies At Washington State Cougars
When: Friday, November 25 at 3:30 PM EST
Where: Martin Stadium, Pullman
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NCAAF Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Washington Huskies
It has been a fantastic season for the Huskies, but one that will forever be tinged with disappointment if their lone loss to USC keeps them out of the college football playoff. Washington are now at the mercy of the playoff committee, but they can help their chances by sticking it to their state rivals on Friday, which is something that they have been able to do in their last 3 meetings. You have to be impressed with the way in which the Washington Huskies bounced back after their loss, taking out Arizona State 44-18 last weekend. They covered the spread in that one, but are still just 5-6 ATS this season.
Why bet on the Washington State Cougars
This could be a big week for the Cougars, as they can win the PAC-12 North, and keep their rivals out of the playoffs in the process. For that to happen, the offense is going to need to fire on all cylinders, and the team as a whole will need to find a way to forget about their 38-24 loss to Colorado last weekend. While that defeat may have taken some of the shine off the season for the Cougars, this is still a team that has excelled in what has proven to be a very tough conference this year. Washington State has the same 7-1 conference record as their opponents, and they have gone 6-5 ATS. They are a solid 4-2 ATS in home lined games this year.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I expect this one to be a battle to the finish, and it may very well come down to who has the ball in the closing stages of the game. At the end of the day, I believe it will be the Huskies who prevail in a nail-biter.