Video: 2013 Apple Cup preview
Washington State–Washington should be a close game again this year (Washington State won last year's Apple Cup in OT 31-28), as the seven-win Huskies host the six-win Cougars in this year's rivalry game at Husky Stadium in Seattle. It also marks the first time since 2002 that both teams come into the game with a record above .500.
Series History: This year's game marks the 106th running of the Apple Cup, or "Governor's Trophy," as that was name of the matchup before 1962. Washington leads the all-time series 67-32-6, with 37 of those victories coming in Seattle. However, winning at home isn't guaranteed for the Huskies, as the Cougars won at Seattle in 2007 by a score of 42-35. UW has won three of the last four games and eight of the last 12 games dating back to 2000, when the Huskies won 51-3 over the Cougs in Pullman.
Memorable Moments: While there have been plenty of lopsided bouts in Apple Cup history, the most recent coming in 2009 when the Huskies blanked the Cougars 30-0, there also have been several close and memorable games. One of the most notable Apple Cup matchups came in 1992 when Wazzu upset the then-No. 5 Huskies in a game dubbed "The Snow Bowl."
Three Players To Watch for Washington:
1. Bishop Sankey - One of the nation's leading rushers, Sankey is also in the running for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. Last year Sankey was less than impressive against the Cougs as he only managed 84 yards on 22 carries, but he did give the Huskies two scores. This year Sankey looks to run over WSU and solidify himself as the nation's best runner.
2. Keith Price - The Huskies' starting quarterback for most of the season, Price was on pace to eclipse 3,000 yards passing, but an injury during the 41-31 loss to UCLA saw him sidelined for true freshman Cyler Miles. Miles would start over Price in the 69-27 win over Oregon State, and played a solid game going 15-24 for 162 yards and one score.
3. Cyler Miles - As mentioned above, Miles played a solid performance in the win over the Beavers, and now is wondering if he will start over the senior Price, in what would be the senior's final game at home in his collegiate career. While Miles does not have quite the track record that Price does, he still has to be looked at as a viable option for Sark and Co. as he was the winner of the quarterbacks competition in Washington's spring football game.
Three Players To Watch For Washington State:
1. Connor Halliday - The quarterback in Mike Leach's offense has already broken one FBS record this season, so a win over rival Washington on the arm of Halliday wouldn't be totally off the radar for this gunslinger. Halliday looks to eclipse 4,000 yards passing in this game, only needing 95 yards to achieve the feat, which should be a cake walk considering his lowest total of passing yards on the season was 184 in the 55-17 loss to Stanford.
2. Damonte Horton - One of the nation's interceptions leaders, Horton has five interceptions this year, with three coming all the way back for touchdowns, including this one against Southern Utah. Horton will be the one to lock down Kasen Williams and look to give the Cougars a spark of offense while on defense.
3. Andrew Furney - The guy who kicked the game-winning field goal over the Huskies last year has to be mentioned as a player to watch in this year's Apple Cup. Furney is 14-18 this year on field goals and 7-10 from kicks from 40 yards and beyond. He also booted a career-long 60-yard field goal in a game against Eastern Washington last year, so Furney could bring the Cougs some points when the offense doesn't get into the end zone. Maybe he'll be the difference-maker in the rivalry again this year.