Fresh off of earning bowl eligibility with a win over Arizona last week, the Cougars enter with a 6-5 overall record through 11 games. On the other hand, Washington has struggled to finish the season strong, dropping three straight games to fall to 4-7, including 3-5 in PAC-12 play. The Huskies have also lost three straight games at Husky Stadium and have nothing to lose in this matchup.
Can Washington snap its three-game slide and close the year with a win in the Apple Cup versus Washington State on Friday night?
De Laura finishing season strong for CougarsWashington State bounced back with a 44-18 victory at home against the Arizona Wildcats last weekend. Quarterback Jayden de Laura completed 13-of-22 passes for 259 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions on the day. In the last home game of his career, running back Max Borghi rushed for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns while Travell Harris and Calvin Jackson Jr. each caught two touchdown passes in the win.
The Cougars became bowl eligible with the victory over Arizona and de Laura has played a major role in the team’s resurgence in recent weeks. Over the last seven games, de Laura has thrown for 14 touchdowns and only five interceptions while leading the Cougars to a 5-2 record during that span. For the season, the 6-foot-2 sophomore has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,506 yards with 23 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.
On defense, the Cougars have surrendered 25.3 points per game, which is tied for 58th in the country. Washington State has also given up 394.9 yards of total offense, including 173.5 yards per game on the ground, good for 97th in the FBS.
Huskies in disarray heading into final regular season gameWashington was unable to snap its slide last week, dropping its third consecutive game 20-17 on the road against Colorado. Quarterback Dylan Morris completed 33-of-52 passes for 387 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. The Huskies outgained Colorado 426 to 183 but committed four crippling turnovers on the day.
One week after firing head coach Jimmy Lake, the Huskies football program suddenly seems in disarray. Lake came under fire after striking redshirt freshman linebacker Ruperake Fuavai during a 26-16 loss to Oregon and served a one-game suspension for the incident. While it’s unclear what role the altercation played in Lake’s dismissal, the school will still honor the terms of his contract, which is set to pay him $9.9, pending any offsets from future earnings.
On defense, the Huskies have surrendered 21.1 points per game, which ranks 28th in the country. Washington has also surrendered just 326.3 yards of total offense per game, 22nd in the country, including an FBS-low 134.1 yards per game through the air, so far this season.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Washington comes into its final regular season game as slim one-point underdogs at home against Washington State. However, given all of the turmoil surrounding the Huskies, it’s hard to back them at home in this spot. The Cougars come into this contest with some confidence and de Laura has been playing some of his best football of the season over the last month. Meanwhile, Borghi is coming off of his best rushing game of the year and should be able to find some room against this Washington defense. Take Washington State to cover the spread on the road on Friday evening.
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams are projected for 43.5 points but that number is simply way low here. Washington mustered 17 points despite turning the ball over four times against Colorado last weekend and the Huskies have scored 20 points or more in three of their last five PAC-12 contests. Meanwhile, Washington State has also been trending up offensively, scoring 30 points or more in four of its last six games. Take this PAC-12 season finale to go over the projected total on Friday.