The 2010 Apple Cup makes its way to Pullman, Wash., on Dec. 4. The annual Washington Huskies vs. Washington State Cougars game has more meaning this year, as the Apple Cup result will decide if the Huskies become bowl-eligible in 2010. They come into the game with a 5-6 overall record, and need a win over the rival Washington State Cougars to achieve that .500 record for the season.
It has been a struggle in 2010 for both the Cougars and the Huskies, placing even more value on the Apple Cup than there probably should be. The Huskies were supposed to be contending for a Pac-10 Conference championship with quarterback Jake Locker leading the way. He could have been in the 2010 NFL Draft, but decided to return to college for one more season. If the Huskies can’t make it to a bowl game in 2010, it will end his college career on a very frustrating note.
The last three years have seen one of these two schools finish last in the Pac-10, with the Huskies doing it in 2007 with a 4-9 record, as well as in 2008 with a record-setting 0-12 mark. 2009 saw the Cougars mired in last place, as they lost all of their Pac-10 Conference games to finish the season at 1-11. This year, the Cougars beat the Oregon State Beavers for their only conference win, and only have one last chance against Washington to get that second win on Saturday.
Beyond the question of who might win the Apple Cup is the question of weather conditions. In eastern Washington, it is cold right now, and the region will be looking at yet another snow storm coming through the area at the beginning of the week. There are mixed reports on just how much snow that weather front will drop, and just how long it will hang around in the area.
It will give the Cougars a definite advantage if they can practice in the snow and then host the Apple Cup in the snow. It would also make this game as interesting as when Drew Bledsoe was throwing deep passes at Martin Stadium in the snow.
Kickoff is at 4 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 4, and for anyone planning on heading out to the game, make sure to dress warm. The 10-day forecast has snow through Friday night, and the high on game day is going to be 28 degrees. Get ready for some real football weather, Washington, because Dec. 4 will definitely be bringing it.