Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
Where to watch: ESPN
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Washington -2
FanDuel: Washington -2
BetMGM: Washington -2
Caesars: Washington -2
No. 13 Washington: 9-2
Washington State: 7-4
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Washington - Washington Start preview, analysis and prediction
Washington: won 54-7 vs. Colorado
Washington State: won 31-20 at Arizona
It almost seems cruel that the Washington Huskies need to wait about a good seven hours before they realize if they are actually going to be playing for the PAC 12 championship or not. Because if the result of the Oregon game happens to go the way that some might expect it, this game is ultimately not going to mean much for Washington’s conference title prospects. But nevertheless trying to defeat the Washington State Cougars is definitely atop the Washington priority list. But let's also look at it from this lens. If Washington were to win this game they would more than likely be going up into the top ten of the College Football Playoff rankings pending how things unfold in conference championship week.
So the idea of Washington possibly playing in a big-time bowl game is still very much within reach should they get into the top ten. And that win against Oregon a couple of weeks ago absolutely helps out the Huskies in a huge way. Washington is coming off a 54-7 victory at home against the lowly Colorado Buffaloes last week and it really comes as no surprise when Michael Penix has been the ultimate catalyst at quarterback this year. Pennix through for 229 yards and a touchdown and that was pretty much all Washington needed. Because no one is going to take Colorado seriously under any circumstances whatsoever.
Washington has had an up-and-down year to where you thought there would be a legit contender and there is that possibility that they could be ultimate conference title contenders should they get a shot at USC. But ultimately, what it comes down to is that consistency is a big factor with Washington. And the fact that the Huskies looked a little inconsistent throughout the year did not help with their prospects in trying to get to Allegiant Stadium. this team has a very good offense, a very strong defense, and could be a challenger for USC at least for the next few years. But if we're looking at an opportunity lost Washington blew that opportunity earlier in the year when it lost back-to-back games to UCLA and Arizona State.
If those games don't happen, which I know is bad to say given the state of sports where we can't really pinpoint what if something happened, then Washington is likely looking at playing USC next week. But Oregon needs to lose to Oregon State in order for that to happen and if that does happen, the Huskies will be in Las Vegas next week.
But this Washington state team will be no slouch. The Cougars are coming in on a three-game winning streak, albeit against the likes of Stanford, Arizona State, and Arizona, but nonetheless Washington state got those three wins and is now going to a bowl game. In that 31-20 win at Arizona last week it was another interesting performance from the Washington state offense but they got more than enough production from quarterback Cameron ward, who threw for 193 yards and a touchdown while running for 59 yards and a score himself. Washington state's offense obviously isn't as high-powered as it was under former coach Mike Leach, and I think ultimately that's going to be the standard barrier when it comes to Washington state. Until they actually start winning meaningful games.
The fact that it is at Washington State makes me a little nervous for Washington just because anytime there's a rivalry game and the home team that might be inferior is actually getting some momentum, it could cause for a serious upset. Now the spread is only 1.5 in favor of Washington so I'm not ultimately concerned but it's also not enough for me to want to sway to pick the Cougars knowing that they wouldn't be getting much back if you took the points with them. So I would say hammer the money line on Washington just because they have the better quarterback in this situation. Washington by 13
Washington State is 3-12 ATS off two straight conference wins by 10 or more since 1992.
Washington State is 19-40 ATS after allowing 125 rushing yards or less in 2 straight games since 1992.
Washington is 6-15 ATS in conference games the last 3 seasons.
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