WSU visits No. 4 Washington for final Apple Cup as Pac-12 game

Nov. 20—PULLMAN — Here’s an exclusive preview of Washington State’s upcoming road game against No. 4 Washington set for Saturday.

What’s happening?

Washington State, coming off a resounding victory over Colorado, looks to secure its sixth win and bowl eligibility as they take on No. 4 Washington in the 115th Apple Cup, the regular-season finale for both teams.

Where’s the action?

The game will be held at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

When is kickoff?

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PST.

Where can fans watch the game?

Fox will televise the event.

Who’s favored to win?

Washington was a 16.5-point favorite in most sportsbooks on Monday.

How did the Cougars perform last week?

Last week, WSU easily defeated Colorado, scoring 42 straight points to secure a 56-14 win. The game saw outstanding performances from various players, including edge rushers, and a strong rushing game, with 127 yards recorded by the team. Leyton Smithson also made an impact with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Notable absences among the players included Running back Leo Pulalasi, and top cornerback Chau Smith-Wade, who missed the game due to injury, as well as several others with long-standing injuries.

Scouting Washington …

The 11-0 Huskies, led by standout quarterback Michael Penix Jr., boast a potent offense, leading the nation in passing yards per game with help from talented receivers and running back Dillon Johnson. Washington has dominated opponents with its high-scoring offense, but their defense has shown vulnerabilities after conceding points in recent games.

Notably, injuries to key defensive players, including senior Asa Turner and junior linebacker Alphonzo Tuputala, have impacted the Huskies’ defensive performance, with the team having allowed notable point totals in recent matches.

What happened in their last meeting?

In their last game in Pullman, Washington secured a 51-33 victory, while the Cougars notably claimed a 40-13 win in the 2021 clash in Seattle, following Jake Dickert’s appointment as the interim head coach.


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