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NCAA Football: Washington State at Washington
Nov 25, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Governor Jay Inslee (left) presents the Apple Cup Trophy to Washington Huskies head coach Chris Petersen (center) and University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce after the Huskies defeated the Washington State Cougars at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
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The Seattle Times — What’s at stake in this year’s Apple Cup?

With the Oregon State game safely in the win column, the Washington Huskies can safely turn their attention to the No. 8 Washington State Cougars, who are enjoying their highest ranking in the College Football Playoff era and will play the Dawgs for the right to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference championship game in this week’s Apple Cup. Adam Jude writes that this year’s scenario — in which a win could propel the Cougars into serious Playoff berth discussion — is eerily similar to the one Washington faced in 2016.

The Seattle Times — These Cougs feel different. Husky fans should feel nervous.

Matt Calkins cautions Huskies fans not to be lulled into a false sense of security based on the blowout outcomes of the last handful of Apple Cups, saying that this year’s edition of the Cougars is a different beast with likely Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year Gardner Minshew at quarterback:

Just when you think [Minshew’s] stock can’t get higher, it spikes another 50 stories high. The guy came into the [Arizona] game with 3,852 passing yards, which was 438 more than anyone else in the country. He added 473 yards Saturday, completing 43 of his 55 passes while throwing a school-record seven touchdown passes. He might have had eight had Tay Martin been able to reel in a ball that hit his hands in the end zone, but that’s irrelevant.

247 Sports — Four-star DT headed to Washington

In the wake of Faatui Tuitele’s commitment to the Huskies last night, Blair Angulo spoke with the prospect’s father about what drove his son to choose Washington over some of the biggest brand names in college football:

“Coach Ikaika Malloe made our family feel very, very welcome. That was one of the first visits we did, before we got out to Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas. That mark he made lasted a long time and the feeling we got there was special. It was a hard decision for him, but we felt a family fit there at Washington.”

The Seattle Times — Three takeaways from Washington’s 82-68 win over Santa Clara

Percy Allen shares his thoughts from UW’s victory over the Broncos last night, focusing on Jaylen Nowell’s impressive performance, Dominic Green’s first double-digit scoring output of the season and Hameir Wright’s first career start.