Nov 26, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies running back Chris Polk (1) runs with the ball while Washington State Cougars safety Tyree Toomer (15) chases during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Washington defeated Washington State 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Husky Football: Apple Cup Prediction


I’ll keep this one short because I think this is a pretty easy choice. The Huskies are going to win the game, and I think they will win it by a significant margin. The Cougars are the 2nd worst team in the conference, and they lost at home to Colorado, the worst team in the conference. They are embroiled in the drama involving the lost of their most talented player on offense, Marquess Wilson, and their best player on defense, Travis Long, may not be able to overcome injury to play.

Nov 26, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars defensive end Travis Long (89) sacks Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price (17) during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Washington defeated Washington State 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

On offense, the Cougars cannot run, and they don’t really want to anyway under Leach’s air raid. That leaves Jeff Tuel to drop back and attempt 40-50 passes against the greatest strength of the Husky defense: the defensive backs. Sean Parker and Shaq Thompson will have a field day knocking wide receivers over the middle and picking off errant passes, and even on the road, I do not see the Cougars having any real success as an offense beyond perhaps one or two scores.

On defense, the Cougars cannot stop anyone, and with the Washington offensive line maturing, Bishop Sankey blossoming into a full on star as a ball carrier, and Price beginning to pull out of his season-long nosedive, that is a recipe for disaster. I’ll be expecting 150+ yards from Sankey and an efficient performance from Price to result in at least 30 points. Especially if the defense gets in on the scoring with a pick six or a scooped up fumble.

Now, that doesn’t mean I expect a full on blowout, even if I don’t seem to give the Cougars much of a chance. This is the Apple Cup, and history has shown that it doesn’t much matter how terrible either team has been throughout the season. In that final rivalry game, in this case in Pullman, the Cougars will come ready to give whatever they have. However, there’s no reason to expect the Huskies to take WSU lightly, and they are a far more talented group of football players.

Washington 34, WSU 17

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  • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

    I comment cause I care. I don’t know what the hubbub is about when it comes to the Husky secondary. I think it’s rubbish, because I watched this group get DESTROYED by Baylor and well, everyone else last year and while there’s been improvement, am not quite sold on this group in a pinch. That said, nor am I necessarily sold on the Cougar receivers in a pinch.

    The UW D-Backs could definitely prove me wrong today, they will have every opportunity. I just think THIS is the game where we’ll find out about these guys. The names of Shaq and Parker will be big names in the Pac next season though for sure, and we already know Desmond can cover. But again, this is the game where we learn about this “vaunted” secondary.

    Don’t throw numbers at me because I don’t care about them. I just care about the eye test, and these guys haven’t passed mine yet. I’m hoping they won’t today. :)

  • Jr

    Come on, huskies can win but the one negative that will lose it for the dawgs is there poor quarterback. Price should of been replaced 4 games ago.. He single handedly has lost 2 games…..he can not read a defense or is able to provide the audible play all to adjust….worst quarterback to play for the dawgs in the last 10 years.. Coughs will win if Price plays the whole game…keep him in the game stark, for the coughs sake…

  • Joe

    Surprised but thrilled in Oregon!!!

  • Guest

    I’ll keep this short. Sit down Huskies, and as always GO COUGS.

  • YOU LIKE DAT?

    hmm. Looks like the Cougs won? Maybe the choice wasnt as “easy” as you would like to have imagined it.