The day before the 2013 Apple Cup

WSU Athletic Communications

The time has almost come, but first there are turkeys to eat.

In yesterday's edition of the Hot Cougar Action Jeff Collier linked to a ton of really cool historical Apple Cup videos. We'll modernize things a bit today with a bunch of recent Apple Cup videos on YouTube. From Chris Jackson running over Tony Parrish to Bledsoe to Bobo.

Let's start with one of my personal favorites. The final drive of the 2007 Apple Cup with Alex Brink hitting Brandon Gibson for the game-winning score.

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Football:

Blanchette: Moos puts up ‘not for sale’ for naysayers - Spokesman.com - Nov. 27, 2013
Man, even Santa gives everyone a clean slate each year. Not Bill Moos. His memory is long, and once you’re on his naughty list, you aren’t getting off.

Wednesday WSU practice report - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Nov. 27, 2013
With a game on Friday the Cougars had their underclassmen scrimmage a day early. The portion of practice that involved the entire team was relatively short, but WSU still got plenty of work in.

Apple Cup another chance to boost Moos plan - Spokesman.com - Nov. 27, 2013
Bill Moos no longer straps on a football helmet when he fights for Washington State, his mouth guard and shoulder pads traded in for a starched shirt and tie.

Pac-12 picks, week 14 . . . | Pac-12 Confidential | Seattle Times
Washington State (plus 14.5) at Washington — To me, the intriguing matchup is WSU’s offense with Connor Halliday, who has been very good lately, against a tough UW pass defense. Do the Huskies get the pass rush that Utah couldn’t last week? If not, the Cougars could make this very interesting. But I think the Huskies have too many weapons for the Cougar defense to manage. Washington 37, WSU 20.

Too many teams, not enough bowl bids | Sports | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon
Washington State can’t be left out of a bowl game once again this year, right? The Cougars have six victories heading into the Apple Cup, enough to qualify for a bowl game, but that was the case in 2006 when the Cougars were passed over for a postseason spot.

WSU's Simmons, UW's Sarkisian go way back | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Steve Sarkisian and Dennis Simmons will be on opposite sidelines during Friday’s Apple Cup. Though they coach rival schools, it will be the only time this year they aren’t rooting each other on, ignoring the interstate competition in favor of an old friend.

Sacajawea helped mold Cougars | HeraldNet.com - Sports
When the Washington State football team beat Utah on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time in seven years, many players and coaches wore T-shirts that said "Property of Sacajawea Junior High."

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 14 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Nov. 27, 2013
8 WSU (6-5, 4-4; last week: 8) Bowl eligibility and a two-game winning streak are the Cougars rewards for a startling late-season improvement by the offensive line. Beat the Huskies and WSU could finish third in the Pac-12 north.

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