Welcome back to a Black Friday Apple Cup once again. The Washington State Cougars and Washington Huskies will face off in Seattle in the final regular season game of the season on the day after Thanksgiving, and it's going to be a (relatively) early one. On Monday, the Pac-12 announced that the Cougs and Huskies will kick the Apple Cup off at 12:30 pm PT on Nov. 27th, live on FOX.
We know what's at stake here. The Huskies, with four wins on the year, need to beat Oregon State this weekend to even have a shot at going into the last week with bowl eligibility on the line. This means, in all likelihood, that the already bowl eligible, and red hot, Cougs have a chance to improve their own bowl positioning while keeping their hated rival out of the postseason.
In a bit of a weird twist for a conference that probably wants to show off its marquee rivalry games, as well, Oregon and Oregon State will kick the Civil War off at 1 p.m. PT, right on the heels of the Apple Cup beginning.
We'll be back with plenty of Apple Cup coverage next week. Until then, plan your days and shopping accordingly. The Cougs have a chance to finish strong, and the Apple Cup may just present a very sweet opportunity to play the role of spoiler despite being a favorite.