College Football Picks - Fierce Pac-12 Rivalry Game - Washington vs Washington St.

Washington Huskies Players

Friday, November 25, 2016 2:05 PM GMT

Finally, an Apple Cup which actually means something. This is normally a fierce rivalry and expect it to be at its fiercest on Friday with both teams hoping to be in the PAC-12 Championship game. Here's our NCAAF pick.

After being defeated by USC, the Huskies, and Chris Peterson bounced back big, clearly against inferior opposition, although Jake Browning and company still blew out Arizona State in style and an apparent ease.

On the other hand, Washington State lost their first game of the year in the PAC-12 against Colorado. The Buffs have a solid defense but seeing the Coug’s only put up 24 points, can’t just be down to solid defense. That loss showcased exactly how much, the Coug’s missed River Cracraft. Mike Leach has kinda moved away from being a total pass first team this season and has made changes to establish his run game but the pass with Luke Falk is still Leach’s bread and butter. Any team who emphasizes this much on passing the ball is clearly, going to miss their no. 2 receiver and that strength totally play in the Huskies’ strength on D.

The Huskies will be missing Azeem Victor and Joe Mathis once more, however, this Husky D is built on pass-rush and with one of the strongest secondary’s in College Football; And Luke Falk without Cracraft, this will be another tough outing.

Watching Luke Falk vs. Jake Browning in this contest will be exhilarating and I personally cannot wait for this Apple Cup matchup. These two QB’s have combined for more than 70 touchdowns on the season with less than 15 interceptions, expect to the see the ball in the air and both QB’s in the league.

Historically, the Apple Cup has been rather one-sided in favor of the Huskies and this shouldn’t be much different. Both offenses are truly stacked whereas one defense is truly more well-rounded than the other. Washington’s secondary is going to stifle Falk’s options and if the Junior isn’t careful, this Husky D is opportunistic and they will punish him.

This contest should have a lot of similarities with the Colorado-Coug’s matchup last week; expect to see Falk struggle to consistently put up points on the Huskies and for Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin to churn out points and consistent drives. I expect this game to be around 38-24 and for the Huskies to win by two touchdowns in a rather entertaining contest. An awful lot these talented lads will be in the NFL in the upcoming years, so remember the names! For our college football pick, take the Huskies minus the points. 

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