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Cameron Ward of the Washington State Cougars throws a pass in the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.
Cameron Ward of the Washington State Cougars throws a pass in the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images via AFP.

The Apple Cup is up for grabs in Saturday's clash between Washington and Washington State. Read on for our top Washington-Washington State college football picks.

Last season, the Cougars defeated the Huskies, ending a seven-game losing streak against their rivals. Both of these teams are hot heading into this week. The Huskies have won five in a row, while the Cougars have won their last three. Who has the advantage this week?

Here are our top picks for Washington versus Washington State (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

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Washington vs. Washington State Picks

Washington vs. Washington State ATS Pick

Washington -2 (-110) ★★

This is a tough game to pick, but we’re going with Washington because of Michael Penix Jr. The Huskies quarterback has been a difference-maker this season, throwing for 26 touchdowns and an NCAA-best 3,869 yards. His performance has allowed the Huskies to post a 7-2 record when scoring 30 or more.

The Cougars have generally won games with their defense, but when they do play against high-powered offenses, they give up points. They allowed 44 to the Oregon Ducks and 30 to the USC Trojans. 

Washington vs. Washington State O/U Pick

Over 60 (-105) ★★★

The Huskies haven’t been dominant during their five-game winning streak, but they have been scoring a lot. They’re averaging 38.4 points per game, which is actually a decrease from their season average of 39.8.

The Cougars are only allowing 19.8 points per game, but they have benefited from a favorable schedule. Their last three games were against teams below .500, and they had the benefit of playing Utah without quarterback Cameron Rising.

Look for Penix Jr. to put up huge numbers against this defense, and expect the Cougars to keep up like they have done all season.

Washington vs. Washington State Prop Pick

1st Half Over 28 (-120) ★★★★

This line is very different whether you look at FanDuel or DraftKings. DraftKings has the total set at 28, while FanDuel has it set at 30.5. To get this right at four touchdowns is a fantastic play, so take advantage of it.

The Cougars haven’t allowed an opponent to score 30 or more in five games. But they have also played some of the worst teams in the Pac-12. The Cougars won’t be able to stop the Washington offense like they have done other teams this season. However, they will be able to score more than they usually do against a defense allowing 25.7 per game.

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Washington-Washington State picks made 11/23/2022 at 8:41 a.m. ET