The 2009 Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State is once again upon us. The 2009 Apple Cup is also going to be the most important game of the 2009 college football season for both of these teams. The reason for that is that they have both been eliminated from post-season bowl game possibilities, leaving the cross-state rivalry as the last great achievement to be had this season. This makes the 2009 Apple Cup very similar to the past couple of years, including the 2008 Apple Cup, where the Washington State Cougars beat the Washington Huskies and sent them to the worst season in college football history (0-13).
For the 2009 Apple Cup, WSU comes into the game with a not-so-impressive overall record of 1-10, while UW has collected an overall record of 3-7 on the season. UW made big news early in the season with an upset win over USC, and that got Husky fans talking about a possible return to a bowl game at the end of the year. For WSU, itâ€™s been another frustrating season, with their only win coming in overtime against Southern Methodist back on September 19th. Neither team has a very impressive resume for the 2009 Apple Cup, but that doesn’t mean anything to the players who will be taking the field on Saturday.On paper, this is a game that UW should win, as they have scored 97 more points than WSU this season, and given up 120 less on defense. The rules typically get thrown out in these situations though, as the rivalry between WSU and UW extends further than what can be seen on paper. There is not a lot that can be predicted about this game, other than the fact that WSU will be coming in with a lot of injured players and UW will be coming in with something to prove. Both teams are using this game as something to build off of for the 2010 college football season, and it means that it will be quite important to leave a good impression on all the fans tuning in to the 2009 Apple Cup.
The 2009 Apple Cup will kick off at 3:30 P.M. PST on FSN, with this being the 102nd Apple Cup between the two teams. WSU won the game 16-13 last season behind quarterback Kevin Lopina, and it will be interesting to see whether the Cougar quarterbacks can duplicate that effort this season. The game takes place in Seattle’s Husky Stadium, and with a disappointing season almost in the books for both teams, fans are only going to remember the outcome of this game when the 2010 season gets started.