Huskies will topple WSU Cougars in Washington's Apple Cup

Huskies will topple WSU Cougars in Washington's Apple Cup

November 22, 2016 3:00 AM


Looking back at this past Saturday’s top three picks for GamingToday, we were able to get off to a fast start with Minnesota’s 29-12 upset over Northwestern as a one-point home underdog.

We kept things going in the right direction when Oklahoma rolled over West Virginia, but missed out on a perfect run through our top picks when Baylor lost to Kansas State, 42-21, as a 2.5-point underdog.

The 2-1 mark in Week 12 raised our overall record this season to an 18-17-1.

Here are this week’s selections:

Take Washington (-5.5) over Washington State:

The Huskies come into this traditional rivalry with quite a bit on the line following a straight-up 10-1 run through their first 11 games. They bounced back from a stunning loss to USC on Nov. 12 with last Saturday’s 44-18 romp against Arizona State as heavy 27-point favorites at home.

Washington needs a few more convincing wins to convince the College Football Playoff committee it belongs in the field of four.

Washington State has gone a solid 8-3 SU in its first 11 games and 6-5 against the spread.

The Cougars could not get past Colorado this past Saturday in a 38-24 loss as six-point road underdogs.

When it comes to this Friday’s long running Pac-12 matchup, they are 1-5 SU in the last six meetings while going 2-4 ATS.

We just cannot see Washington State keeping things closer than 5.5 points against the highly motivated Huskies.

Take Penn State (-12) over Michigan State:

Penn State is another team that needs to finish strong to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. The Lions have been on a roll all season long with a SU 9-2 mark that includes that huge upset against Ohio State back on Oct. 22.

They are riding a SU seven-game winning streak while going 6-0-1 ATS. Penn State has averaged 46.8 points in its last four games and this offense appears to be just getting warmed up.

It has been a rough ride for the Spartans since late September with just one SU win in their last nine games. They gave Ohio State a battle this past Saturday in a tough 17-16 loss as heavy 20-point home favorites, but it remains to be seen just how motivated Michigan State will be in its season finale with no hope for a postseason bowl appearance.

Take 222 New Mexico (+3) over Wyoming:

New Mexico’s recent five-game winning streak came to an end this past Saturday with a 49-31 loss to Colorado State as a seven-point road underdog.

The Lobos are still 4-2 ATS in their last six games as part of a SU record of 7-4. New Mexico has won its last two games against Wyoming SU and has a 5-1 edge ATS in the last six meetings. It brings the No. 1 ranked rushing offense in the nation into this matchup with an average of 342.1 yards a game.

The Cowboys are in position to lay claim to the Mountain Division title in the MWC at 6-1 SU in conference play. An earlier victory against Boise State gives them the tie-breaker in the standings.

The concern in this matchup is a defense that has fallen all the way to 103rd in the country in points allowed (33.6). In last Saturday’s thrilling 34-33 victory against San Diego State, Wyoming gave up 178 yards on the ground, which could come back to haunt them in this Saturday’s tilt.

Last week: 2-1

Season: 18-17-1

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