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Apple Cup 2011 Odds: Huskies Open As Favorites Over Cougars

The Apple Cup is one of the most historic rivalry games on the west coast and a win would be huge for both programs. The Washington Huskies come in as a team struggling to find consistency after a strong start to the season, while the Washington State Cougars are looking to end their season on a positive note after a heartbreaking loss last weekend.

According to Odds Shark, the Huskies will be favored by 9 and 1/2 points on Saturday afternoon. In addition to the listings from Las Vegas, various gambling websites such as 5dimes.com has UW favored by only 6 and 1/2 points. This is quite a change in spread, especially with rivalry games tending to be closely contested throughout.

With quarterback Keith Price returning to action this weekend, one has to like the Huskies chances in the game. Washington is a completely different team when he is under-center and calling the shots. Washington State has proven to be a tough opponent late in the season, though, and can pull the upset victory if senior Marshall Lobbestael has a big performance in the final game of his career.

For more on this game, check out UW Dawg Pound and Coug Center.