It’s Apple Cup Day! Washington Football concludes the PAC-12 regular season in their annual meeting with Washington State. Emerald City Swagger has all you need to know.
It’s a Washington football Saturday. Emerald City Swagger presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy the Washington Huskies huge matchup in the Apple Cup against cross-state rival Washington State. Whether you are going to see the game at Martin Stadium, or staying at home and watching on television we have you covered.
Who: Washington Huskies (8-3, 6-2) at Washington State Cougars (10-1, 7-1).
Where: Clarence Martin Stadium – Pullman, Washington.
When: 5:30 p.m. PDT.
Line: Washington Huskies +2, Over/Under 50.5 (Odds Shark).
Interesting Trends: The Huskies are 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games. Additionally, UW has gone under in four of their last five road games.
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Injury Report: Washington, Doubtful – RB Kamari Pleasant (undisclosed). Probable – DB Jordan Miller (leg). Washington State, Out – DL Nnamdi Oguayo (undisclosed), DB Sean Harper Jr. (upper body). Questionable – OL Liam Ryan (undisclosed).
WSU beat the tar out of Arizona last week, 69-28. Scoring early and often, Wazzu had a 21-7 first quarter lead and a 55-14 lead at the half. The Cougars also out-gained Arizona 605-431. Finally, the defense forced Zona into four turnovers.
- QB Gardner Minshew – 43/55, 473 yards, 7 TDs.
- RB Max Borghi – 8 carries, 50 yards, 1 TD, 6 receptions, 65 yards, 1 TD.
- WR Tay Martin – 7 receptions, 124 yards, 1 TD.
- WR Calvin Jackson Jr. – 5 receptions, 85 yards, 2 TDs.
- LB Jahad Woods – 10 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery.
- CB Marcus Strong – 5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception.
Last week, the Washington Huskies took their turn to beat up on Oregon State. They got out to an early 28-3 first quarter lead. Three of their four touchdowns in the period were on 75 yards or longer drives. Washington went on to a 42-23 win at home.
- QB Jake Browning – 17/23, 242 yards, 3 TDs.
- RB Myles Gaskin– 18 carries, 135 yards, 1 TD, 4 receptions, 24 yards, 1 TD.
- RB Salvon Ahmed – 9 carries, 76 yards, 2 TDs.
- TE Cade Otton – 3 receptions, 55 yards, 1 TD.
- LB Ben Burr-Kirven – 11 tackles, 1 tackle for loss.
- LB Benning Potoa’e – 5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss.
Whatever phrase you want to attach to this game to stress it’s importance to the Huskies, feel free to do so. UW’s entire season hinges on today’s outcome. They are playing for a PAC-12 North title, an opportunity to go to the Rose Bowl, and a shot at a 10-win season. Most importantly, today is a shot at redemption in a disappointing year that saw the Huskies open in the top 10.
On both sides of the ball, its strength on strength. Washington has perhaps the best secondary in the nation. That group will need to come up big as they face an eight-deep receiving corps, any one of whom can make a big play.
The Huskies forte’ on offense is their ability to run the ball with Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed. WSU has shut down just about every featured running back they have faced this year. It will be a huge challenge for Washington’s offensive line to open holes. As the two-point spread indicated, this will be a close game.
Check back with us tomorrow for our Apple Cup takeaways