It's probably the worst matchup in college football this weekend (or the entire season), but I can't tell you how excited I am for the Apple Cup. As Washington defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim told The Seattle Times:
"You do not have to do much to get hyped for the Apple Cup. I have been waiting for this game for the entire year. I think I could wake up any day of the year and play Washington State. That is how excited I am for this game."
I hope you share in the excitement...no matter who you root for.
The odds are set for Saturday. Washington is pegged as an eight and a half point favorite. It's the first time they've been favored this year. It's pretty sad that the only FBS team without a victory is picked to beat Wazzu.
I have no idea what to expect...
Here's what ESPN's Ted Miller are said about the matchup:
"The Apple Cup will be the worst rivalry showdown in BCS conference history: Two teams with no wins over FBS competition between them. Both play terrible defense. Both play terrible offense. One, Washington, has fired its coach. Another, Washington State, might start its No. 4 quarterback, true freshman J.T. Levenseller, because starter Kevin Lopina was knocked out of the 31-zip loss to Arizona State with a concussion. You may want to cover your eyes. Or perhaps you'll sneak a peek just to know what Putrid on the Palouse will look like."
Hmmm...let's move on.
Here are some links to Apple Cup stories:
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times wrote an article about the odds and takes looks at the matchup from the Huskies side.
Bud Withers, also of The Seattle Times, has an article about the Cougars injuries (especially Kevin Lopina).
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Howie Stalwick also wrote about the Cougar injury bug (mostly the same info as Withers, but I thought I'd give you options).
Washington State also sent out an email to media members reminding people that there is all sorts of good Apple Cup info on their website.
That's all I have on the rivalry game for now. I'll have more tomorrow.
As for a men's basketball preview...check out my next blog.