The Prediction - UW 35 WSU 28

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We had twenty plus relatives over to the house for turkey and all the usual trimmings. Now that the crowd is gone and the belly is full my thoughts once again return to college football, the final week of the Pac 12 season, and of course the Apple Cup which is being played at a neutral location this season.

The Cougars seem to have all the momentum on their side heading into this game even though they were eliminated from bowl consideration last week in an overtime loss to Utah. They hate the Huskies and they always save their best for the Apple Cup.

The Huskies are a bit harder to figure out at the moment. They started the season by winning six out of their first eight games but now are in a tailspin after suffering three consecutive losses. Last weeks loss to Oregon State hurts the most because it was a game that they were very capable of winning.

You could blame last weeks loss on the absence of QB Keith Price but the ugly truth is that the entire team stunk it up last week in Corvallis. His return this week should provide some added spark to the offense but the defense also needs to show up to power the Huskies past WSU.

The Cougars have lost six of their past seven games and two starting quarterbacks within that same time period. They picked up some serious style points for breaking a five game skid by beating ASU 37-27 at home and taking Utah to overtime last weekend in Pullman in a 30-27 loss.

The Cougars are 1-4 on the road so far this year but that really shouldn't be a factor this weekend since the game is being played at a neutral site. Where would you rather be on Thanksgiving weekend if you are football player? Seattle or Pullman?

The Cougars are capable of putting points on the board. They are are averaging over 30 points per game. QB Marshall Lobbestael affectionately known as the "Lobster" is a good QB who has picked up the bulk of the starts this season.

WR Marquess Wilson is the Lobster's favorite target. He has 75 catches so far this season. When The Cougs need to move it on the ground they hand it either to Ricky Galvin or Carl Winston who have put up respectable numbers this season.

Defensively the Cougars are similar the Huskies. They stink and they give up an average of over 30 points and 400 yards per game. You would think that Keith Price and Chris Polk should be able to do some damage against these guys but that won't happen unless the UW offensive line starts blocking.

Vegas likes to Huskies by approximately nine points going into this one which is logical because Washington is a lot better than the Cougars on paper. The Apple Cup however is never played on paper and the victor is usually the team that cares the most and plays its hardest.

I am betting that the Huskies return to form this week and beat the Cougars in a close contest led by the solid running of Chris Polk and the play making ability of Keith Price. Kids like Cort Dennison, Everrette Thompson, Quinton Richardson, and Alameda Ta'amu go out in style with a solid day of defensive play. ...Washington 35 Washington State 28

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