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The 2013 Apple Cup: “Must Watch” TV

Kittens and puppies never play nice      

It’s that time again.  Cats and Dogs must face off once again in the showdown for Washington State supremacy.  Yes, that’s right boys and girls it’s time for the 2013 Apple Cup.

The annual Husky-Cougar matchup is considerably  more interesting this year than it has been in recent years so with that I give you 5 reasons you don’t want to miss this year’s Apple Cup.

Black Friday Game Day

This year’s grudge match between WSU and UW is actually on Friday, specifically Black Friday.  You know, it’s that day with all the shopping.

I’ve discovered that more often than not die hard football fans tend to not be die hard shoppers.  A high profile football game is a great excuse to get out of busy malls, traffic and people elbowing you for the last $10 crock pot.  When your hardcore shopper buddy calls you can just say you’ve got the Apple Cup to watch at 12:30pm.

Winning Records

For the first time since 2002 both WSU (6-5) and UW (7-4) have records above .500.  In the PAC 12 standings both teams have a record of 4-4.  The starting quarterbacks for the 2002 game were Jason Gesser for WSU who was knocked out of the game with an ankle in the 4th quarter and Cody Pickett for UW.

The final score was 29-26 and it ended in one of the more bizarre calls ever in college football.

It was the 3rd overtime period.  UW had scored a FG in their possession and it was WSU’s turn.  Matt Kegel was in for Gesser.  On the first play from scrimmage Kegel dropped back to pass.  He tried to throw and the ball came loose as he threw.  The pass went left and hit the turf where UW defender Ellis picked it up and ran out of bounds.

Apple Cup victory.

It’s Apple cup time. Can the Dawgs get the cup back?

The referees huddled and had a lengthy conference.  In the end they ruled Kegel’s pass was a lateral, therefore it was not an incomplete pass, but a live ball recovered by Ellis.

The turnover ended the game and chaos ensued at Martin Stadium.

Might we see another close game with these two winning teams this year?  FYI, last year’s Apple Cup also went into overtime too.  You just never know what will happen in the Apple Cup.

National Television

This year’s Apple Cup is going to be nationally televised.  That is great news for both schools who have football programs that are on the rise.   The added exposure will only help their recruiting efforts with a good showing on Friday in front of a big audience.

Rest easy if you were worried that the game might wind up being on the Pac-12 network.  This game is going to be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

Yes, the stupid Pac 12 vs. DirecTV battle seems never ending.  Fans on both side of Washington have missed games thanks to that ongoing battle.

No one should have an issue watching the Apple Cup on TV this year thank goodness.

Bragging Rights and Bowl Bids

In addition to having identical Pac 12 conference records both UW and WSU are both already eligible for bowl games this year.

A win over their arch enemy and in-state rival for either school not only will give that team bragging rights of Washington State supremacy but that school will also get the better bowl bid.

With a bit of help from some other teams WSU could find themselves in Las Vegas for the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl should they take home the Apple Cup.  A loss for the Cougs likely sends them to Albuquerque for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

A UW win gives them 8 wins on the year. 

They could be headed to San Francisco for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl or may wind up in the Las Vegas Bowl if they should lose.

Quarterbacks

There are some great quarterback that are going to be featured in this game.

We don’t know who the UW will start at QB yet.  There’s a bit of a dilemma that faces the Husky’s right now… Cyler Miles or Keith Price.  Price blew an 18 point lead in last year’s Apple Cup.  You know he wants a shot at some revenge but his shoulder might not let him play.  He’s also a senior playing in his last home game.

Cyler Miles looks capable if he gets the nod as the UW backup.  The freshman just torched the Beavers for 69 points.  Not bad for a backup.

On, the WSU side you have Connor Halliday.  Halliday has thrown a lot of interceptions this year, 28 of them to be exact.  Keep  in mind this is Mike Leach Air-Raid football though.  The Cougars throw the ball A LOT!  In the last 2 games Halliday has only thrown 1 pick vs. 6 Touchdowns.

Whether you root for the Huskies or the Cougars, expect to see great QB play from you team.  Great QB play on both sides usually means a great game to watch for everyone.

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