NCAA odds value has been far better than expected for the Washington State Cougars as they have shown quiet but steady improvement with the NCAA football odds.
The Washington State Cougars will host the Washington Huskies in the Apple Cup with kickoff set for 7 PM ET and a telecast on Versus. Washington must win this game to clinch bowl eligibility. Sports-Gambling opened with Washington as a 7 point favorite.
Washington has a record of 5-6 straight up and 4-6-1 with the NCAA football lines as 6 of their games have gone over the total. Washington has rallied to win their last 2 games including last week’s 16-13 thriller at Cal in which they scored the winning TD at the gun.
Offense has been an issue for the Huskies as they rank a disappointing 100th for points scored while ranking 93rd for points allowed on defense, which is also worse than expected. Quarterback Jake Locker has not lived up to preseason billing as he has passed for only 1983 yards, 6.7 yards per attempt, and a 15/8 touchdown/interception ratio.
Chris Polk has been the bright spot of the offense with 954 yards rushing and a 4.8 yards per carry average.
Washington State has a record of 2-9 straight up but 7-4 with the NCAA football betting lines as 6 of their games have gone over the total. The Cougars have been competitive in most of their games and have paid out in 6 of their last 7 games.
Washington State is coming off a 31-14 win at Oregon State and has been idle since November 13 as they have had plenty of prep time for this rivalry showdown. Washington State ranks a dismal 109th for scoring offense and 111th for scoring defense.
Sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel has shown steady progress as he has passed for 2482 yards and a 15/11 TD/INT ratio. Marquess Wilson has emerged as a solid breakaway threat with a 19.0 yards per catch average.
Washington has beaten the NCAA odds in 4 of their last 5 trips to Washington State and has covered 7 of the last 10 meetings overall. This head to head Apple Cup series has gone over the total in just 3 of the last 11 matchups.