Senior editor Max Meyer will be sharing his favorite moneyline underdog 🐶 upset picks in weekend Hustle editions. So far, he’s up +9.78 units (13-13 record) and has hit all six of his upset picks from the past three weeks. Here are his two for today.
Washington State +515 at Washington [4 p.m. ET]
Rivalry week produces crazy results every season, so let’s get a little nuts here. After a midseason scoring slump, Washington State is rolling again with 95 points in its past two games. The Cougars are averaging the fourth-most passing yards per game in CFB and they can move the ball against a vulnerable Washington secondary.
Now there’s a reason why Washington State is such a big underdog, and it’s the huge mismatch between Washington’s offense and Washington State’s defense. But Michael Penix Jr. hasn’t looked as invincible in the second half of the season compared to Washington’s first six games. As a result, seven straight Washington contests have been within one score in the fourth quarter. The Huskies have been living dangerously, and I’ll take a shot they slip up in the Apple 🍎 Cup.
California +270 at UCLA [10:30 p.m. ET]
UCLA’s offense looked sharp again vs. USC’s defense last week, but who doesn’t have a big offensive game against USC 😆? Before that performance, the Bruins scored 17 points combined in losses to Arizona and Arizona State. Cal’s defense is nothing special, but UCLA still has major questions at quarterback and that could be enough to slow down the entire offense.
Meanwhile, the Golden Bears look like they found something with freshman QB Fernando Mendoza and tailback Jaydn Ott has rushed for at least 150 yards in three of his past four games. Cal head coach Justin Wilcox has been a covering machine as a big underdog and I like his team’s chances to keep it close here too.