WSU’s senior class set the goal of winning a Pac-12 championship. They know that to do that, they have to first beat the odds and take down the Huskies.
Jeff Tuel was the last Washington State quarterback to win an Apple Cup when he led the Cougars to a 31-28 overtime win over UW in 2012.
Neither team was very good that year. The Apple Cup functioned as WSU’s bowl game since the Cougars finished 3-9 in Mike Leach’s first season and missed out on the postseason.
UW closed out the regular season 7-5, played in the Las Vegas Bowl against Chris Petersen’s Boise State team, and lost 28-26.
The Huskies hired Petersen away from Boise State a year later, and they haven’t lost an Apple Cup since.
Since Petersen’s hire in December 2013, both FBS teams in the state of Washington have undergone a renaissance. The Huskies have won a Pac-12 championship, and gotten to the College Football Playoff.
WSU has dug itself out from the Pac-12 basement, and for the second year in a row, the Cougars go into the final week of the regular season in contention for the Pac-12 North title.
Led by quarterback Luke Falk, this senior class has posted a 26-11 record in the last three years and beaten every Pac-12 team except one – UW.
But four years in a row now, the Cougars have failed to show up against the Huskies in their regular season finale, and that rankles with them.
“Any time you lose the Apple Cup, it hurts,” Falk said.
Yet, over the last four years, this game, it seems, is the Cougars’ kryptonite. The Huskies have dominated WSU in the Apple Cup since 2013, winning by an average of 13 points annually. WSU hasn’t won an Apple Cup at Husky Stadium since 2007, and you have to look back another decade to 1997 to find the last time WSU beat a ranked UW team – the Cougs upset No. 16 UW 42-35 in Seattle that year.
Perhaps that’s why the Huskies are favored to beat WSU by 10 points in the 110th…