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Dots: Apple Cup Week Commences

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Will he or won't he?  Keith Price's status for Friday's Apple Cup is uncertain.
Will he or won't he? Keith Price's status for Friday's Apple Cup is uncertain.

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  • The Huskies and the Cougars will duke it out on Friday for the 106th time in their history.  UW holds an all-time record of 67-32-6 in these matchups including a ridiculous 35-15 record since the Apple Cup was put on the line (and replacing the Governor's Cup in 1962.  Of course, the Cougs come into it holding all the bragging rights after pulling off the biggest comeback in Apple Cup history last Thanksgiving.  Go Huskies has a ton of game notes here.

  • How's this for a contrast in styles?

  • This year will be unique in that both coaches go into the game with "success" in the Apple Cup.  Steve Sarkisian is 3-1 across his last four Apple Cups while Mike Leach claims a perfect record in his lone Apple Cup as WSU's head man.  Somebody is going to come out of this year as a "loser" and, as covered by the Seattle Times, there is more then pride on the line. Think pocketbooks.

  • Speaking of "on the line", our friends at Coug Center have already started their Apple Cup coverage and kicked it off with a commentary on how much is on the line for both teams as it relates to post-season positioning.

  • The Spokesman Review is excited to see an Apple Cup that matches up two teams that are a bit more flamboyant in their styles then previous incarnations have been.
  • Apparently that flamboyance portends success.  Christian Caple with an interesting factoid:

  • As far as your Husky players are concerned, they seemed to have captured the right balance between enthusiasm and intensity as demonstrated by the demeanor shown on the sideline in Corvallis all through Saturday night.  They turn that focus now towards the Apple Cup with a notion of making up for the debacle of 2012.

  • One guy who always has the right balance of enthusiasm and intensity?  Marques Tuiasosopo.  And he always seems to deliver exactly the right message.

Apple Cup Chuckles

Seems that a Coug was driving West from Pullman at the same time a Husky was driving East from Seattle and they happened to meet head-on in a horrible crash on top of Snoqualmie Pass. Miraculously, both climbed out of the heaping wreckage...their bodies intact. They examined the twisted metal and realized that they were truly lucky to be alive.

The Coug said, "This must be a sign from God that we should end the bitter rivalry that we have had since the beginning of time."

The Husky agreed...he went to his trunk and pulled out an unbroken bottle of whiskey. "This is truly remarkable," he said, "God must want us to toast our new-found friendship." He twisted the cap off and handed the bottle to the Coug, who took several big swigs, wiped his chin and handed the bottle back. The Husky replaced the cap, and without a word, put the bottle back into his trunk. "Aren't you going to celebrate our luck?" asked the Coug.

"No", said the Husky, "I'll just wait for the Highway Patrol."

Question of the Day

The Huskies racked up nearly 700 yards in total offense against a winning Pac 12 team last weekend and enter the Apple Cup number two in the Pac 12 in total offense with 525 yards per game (50 yards per game better than ASU).  What are your expectations for the Husky offense on Friday?