November 20, 2007

Apple Cup 100 Up For Grabs

When it comes to rivalry games such as the Apple Cup, it is often said that you can throw out the records. And with Washington and Washington State sharing the same record this season (both 4-7 overall, 2-6 Pac-10), you can certainly throw them out this year. But there is still plenty on the line, and the Huskies are no doubt looking forward to the annual match up in a big way.

The fact that both teams will not be playing in post-season bowl games makes this year's Apple Cup all the more important. The bragging rights become even more heavily weighted because of that fact. It is also the 100th version of the Apple Cup, perhaps adding more meaning and excitement to the game from a historical standpoint. The game also occurs during Thanksgiving weekend, giving students, alumni, and all other fans that much more reason to soak it up - in all number of ways. And if that's not enough, it's a
battle of the Pac-10's cellar dwellers (UW and WSU are tied for last place
in the conference); a spot where nobody wants to end their season.

Coming off a 37-23 victory over California, the Huskies appear to have more momentum entering the game compared to the Cougars, who just lost 52-17 to Oregon State. And the Dawgs won the game last season as well, defeating WSU in Pullman, 35-32. Through the first 99 meetings, Washington leads the series by a large margin, with a record of 64-29-5.

UW's game versus the Golden Bears was their most complete performance of the
season and they will attempt to keep it rolling when Washington State comes to Seattle. The Huskies rolled up 334 rushing yards against Cal, including 224 by senior tailback Louis Rankin. And they also got it done without redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker, who averages 80.7 rushing yards per game, good enough for 10th in the conference. Rankin ranks sixth with an average of 97.9 yards on the ground.

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