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OPEN GAME THREAD: The Apple Cup

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Game coverage from around SBN here

Time: 3:30 pm PST

The place: Husky Stadium

TV: FSN Northwest

Radio: Find your local station here. You can also listen via streaming for a fee at wsucougars.com

The Line: Washington by 25


When the Cougs have the ball...

WSU UW
Pos. Name (# = Redshirt) Pos.
X Jeffrey Solomon (6-0, 195, #Jr.) DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
F Gino Simone (5-11, 174, Fr.) DT
Alameda Ta'amu
LT Steven Ayers (6-4, 311, #So.) DT
De'shon Matthews
LG Zack Williams (6-4, 293, #Jr.) DE
Darion Jones
C Kenny Alfred (6-2, 300, #Sr.) SLB Mason Foster
RG Reed Lesuma (6-4, 311, #Sr.) MLB Donald Butler
RT Micah Hannam (6-4, 284, #Jr.) WLB Cort Dennison
TE Skylar Stormo (6-5, 245, #Fr.) CB Adam Long
Z Jared Karstetter (6-4, 203, So.) SS
Nate Williams
QB Kevin Lopina (6-3, 234, #Sr.) FS
Nathan Fellner
RB Dwight Tardy (5-11, 204, #Sr.) CB Desmond Trufant

When the Huskies have the ball...

UW WSU
Pos. Name Pos. Name (# = Redshirt)
WR
Devin Aguilar
LE Casey Hamlett (6-3, 250, Jr.)
TE Kavario Middleton
DT Bernard Wolfgramm (6-3, 291, #Jr.)
LT Drew Schaefer
DT Dan Spitz (6-6, 268, #Fr.)
LG
Nick Wood
RE Travis Long (6-4, 247, Fr.)
C Ryan Tolar
SAM Andy Mattingly (6-4, 255, Sr.)
RG
Senio Kelemete
MIKE Alex Hoffman-Ellis (6-1, 233, #So.)
RT Cody Habben
WILL Hallston Higgins (5-11, 231, Jr.)
QB
Jake Locker
LCB Aire Justin (5-9, 178, #Jr.)
FB
Paul Homer
SS Xavier Hicks, Jr. (6-0, 211, #Sr.)
TB
Chris Polk
FS Jay Matthews (6-1, 205, #Fr.)
WR
Jermaine Kearse RCB Terrance Hayward (6-1, 186, #Fr.)

Keys to the Game:

1. Kevin Lopina. He needs to play his best game as a Coug. His best game by far. The Husky defense is vulnerable, and Wazzu will have to take advantage if they want to stay in this thing.

2. Turnovers. This team needs to create turnovers to compete, and score off those turnovers. The Cougs were able to keep it relatively close last week until the defense wore down. WSU will have the same problems again if they don't get themselves off the field with some big plays.

3. Line play. The Cougar offensive line will be without B.J. Guerra, who will miss the game due to a concussion. However, they are healthier than they have been in most games this year. WSU will not have a chance if they are dominated on the line on either side of the ball. As it is in every game, this is crucial.

The Cougs will be going for the first ever WSU three-peat in the Apple Cup today. They are also going for five out of six. We would love it if you would win guys, to help give us something to smile about from this mess of a season.