|Washington QB Keith Price threw 5 TD passes against Colorado; can he do the same thing vs. Washington State? (US Presswire)|
Kickoff: Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
Spread: Washington by 13.5.
Watchability: Low. If you have family members overstaying their welcome on Thanksgiving weekend, put on this game, they'll get the hint.
Shining Stars: Washington -- RB Bishop Sankey. Sankey was UW's No. 2 back going into the season but shot up to the starting spot after an injury to Jesse Collier in the season-opener. All Sankey's done since then is cross the 100-yard mark six times and score 12 touchdowns. Sankey will be a handful for a Cougar defense that surrenders 171.3 yards per game on the ground. Washington State -- LB Travis Long. Its not easy to find a shining star on WSU's 2012 roster, but Long's been one of them. The senior linebacker leads the team and is fourth in the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks. However, recent reports indicate that Long may not be able to play on Friday, which would be big news for a Washington offensive line that's surrendered 31 sacks this season.
Who could steal the show: Washington -- QB Keith Price. Price stole the show in the Huskies win over Colorado with a season-high 5 touchdown passes. Before that, the junior QB had not thrown more than two in a game against FBS competition. WSU's pass defense isn't much better than Colorado's, so don't be surprised if the Price is right again in the Apple Cup. Washington State -- WR Dominique Williams. The freshman has seemingly come out of nowhere to put up pretty solid numbers in the Cougars' last four games, averaging five catches and 74.3 yards per game. Williams and the rest of the WSU receiving corps could catch a break on Friday if Washington CB Desmond Trufant can't play. Recent reports suggest he'll be a game time decision.
You going? Ranking the road trip: It's supposed to be rainy and cold -- and one of the team's playing in the game has a 2-9 record. This probably isn't the year you want to go to the Apple Cup.
Magic number for Washington: 174.3. That's all the Huskies give up through the air per game, which ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12. If Washington holds the Cougars anywhere close to this number, Friday's Apple Cup could turn into an Apple blowout.
Magic number for Washington State: 1. Friday marks the Cougars last chance to get their first Pac-12 win of the season and nothing would be sweeter than if it came in the Apple Cup against Washington.
The game comes down to: Washington's defense. In the Huskies' last four games -- all wins -- they've held their opponents to only 12 points per game. If Washington holds the Cougars below that number, there's a good chance they'll be heading home with the Apple Cup.
Prediction: Washington 35, Washington State 17