The Apple Cup Matters!

With the Huskies getting a dramatic, last second victory Saturday in Berkley, football fans in Washington can say something that they haven’t been able to say in years:  The Apple Cup matters!

The Huskies have inched to within one win of a bowl game for the first time since 2002 and, with a win in the Apple Cup, the Dawgs will either be in the Holiday Bowl or Sun Bowl.  Needless to say, this would be a huge accomplishment for a program that’s been in disarray since 2003.

While UW has been in the dumps, WSU has since followed in the same path.  After a decent run in the beginning of the decade, the Cougars have since fallen about as low as a team can get.  For 2 years in a row, they were historically bad (winning 3 games over 2 years).  This year looked as if it’d be more of the same, but then the Cougars started to improve.  They’ve gotten better every game and finally earned a Pac-10 win in their last game against Oregon State.  Was that game an apparition that will be forgotten in a few years, or was it a turning point for the Cougars?  A good performance in the Apple Cup would be a huge statement for Wazzu.

The Apple Cup has been a game between two crappy teams the last few years.  It hasn’t had bowl implications since 2006.  This year, that changes.

Rivalry games are special no matter what.  But, when a rivalry game has a little something extra on the line, they become more fun.  This game doesn’t just matter for Husky fans, it matters for Cougar fans because they don’t want us in a bowl.  Hopefully, this game is a sign of better things to come for both programs.  It feels like it is.  But, for now, an Apple Cup that actually means something is a reason to celebrate.

Happy Apple Cup week, football fans!  Go Huskies!



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