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Apple Cup 2014: WSU vs. UW, open game thread

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The finale to the 2014 season has arrived. Talk about it with other Cougs.

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A season that seemed to have so much promise back in August will soon end, and it will end with an Apple Cup and not a bowl game. While nothing really can ease that sting, a win over Washington tonight will at least make it feel a little less bad.

If you're reading this, chances are excellent that you are in the comfort of your own home, warm and enjoying your favorite beverage. Those in attendance at Martin Stadium will not be warm:

We've been killing the coverage today, and if you've missed any of it, you can find it all here. If you haven't had a chance to look at our matchup at a glance, one of the more interesting things in there is how the advanced stats see the matchup.

It jives with what I said on a radio appearance this morning: If WSU can protect Luke Falk from UW's tremendous pass rush, that defense is nothing special and the Cougar offense should be able to do what it needs to do. And if the WSU defense can put UW into 2nd- and 3rd-and-long throughout the night, I question whether Cyler Miles can truly take advantage of WSU's weak secondary.

An Apple Cup win won't erase the frustration of this season. But it'll sure make the next nine months less miserable.

Go Cougs!