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Consider this your Black Friday, no-shopping, pre-football appetizer

The 109th Apple Cup kicks off later this afternoon. That, by itself, is reason for you to pull our tryptophan and pumpkin pie loaded backsides out of bed and into your purple-and-gold best.

If you need more motivation, how about considering the fact that this season represents the first time in history that the winner of the Apple Cup will play for a conference championship?

Get up, Husky Fans! This is for real.

UW’s record against a the Cougs is a dominating one. Since their 5-5 tie game in 1900, the Huskies have gone 70-32-5 against WSU. The Apple Cup was officially christened in 1962. UW holds a sparkling 38-15 record in those games. They’ve won the last three and 13 of the last 18.

It has been a dominating run, to be sure. But did you know that the since Martin Stadium started hosting the game on alternate years the Huskies are a much more humble 10-7 in Pullman?

Huskies everywhere are tapping into their primal emotions and investing enthusiastically in this football club. To help move those who might be on the fence into the kennel, UW Athletics teased the next episode of “The Pursuit” they day before Thanksgiving.

And yesterday they dropped it:

There is nothing guaranteed here, Dawg fans. The hopes and dreams of post season glory have been stoked following a long dormancy thanks to the resurrection effort from head coach Chris Petersen and his roster of bought-in players. But the journey is not yet complete. The #23 ranked Washington State Cougars represent a clear and present danger.

This is the kind of relevant and dramatic November football we’ve craved for the state of Washington. Today it goes down. For the PAC 12 championship game. For the glory. For the roses. For the playoffs.

For all of them Apples.

Have fun, Dawgs. Go Huskies.