Apple Cup Preview

Nov. 13, 2000

SEATTLE - The No. 6 Washington Huskies (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10), hoping to represent the Pac-10 in theRose Bowl, will wrap up their schedule againstWashington State (4-6, 2-5) this Saturday in the renewal of the Apple Cup.

Washington was fifth in Monday's Bowl Championship Series rankingsbehind Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State and Florida, but the Huskies are a long shot to play for the title.

'If we can win this Saturday, it will be interesting to watch,'Neuheiselsaid. 'We're excited about where we sit.

'But our focus has got to be on this Saturday. I just don't want usthinking about anything other than the Cougars.'

Washington will be trying to win its seventh straight Pac-10 game aftera35-28 victory over UCLA at Husky Stadium.

If the Huskies beat the Cougars and Oregon State defeats Oregon onSaturday,Washington will earn its first trip to Pasadena since 1993.

It won't be easy.

While Washington has won a bunch of close games, Washington State hasdropped a bunch of them. The Huskies had to come from behind in the fourthquarter to post five of their Pac-10 wins. The Cougars lost three overtimegames.

And Washington isn't healthy at tailback. Freshman Rich Alexis islisted asthe starter this week although he sprained his left shoulder in the firstquarter of the UCLA game. He returned in the second half and finished with127yards on 21 carries against the Bruins.

Alexis will be backed up by Braxton Cleman, who also is 'nicked up,'according to Neuheisel.

Paul Arnold, who started at tailback in Washington's first six games,isexpected to be sidelined for the fourth week in a row because of a bad back.

Willie Hurst will be missing this week. He broke his right collarboneon a62-yard run to open the second half against UCLA. The Huskies hope to haveHurst back for a bowl game.


AP Sports Writer

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