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How does the Apple Cup stack up to other rivalries?

Does one noncompetitive matchup drop it in comparison to other rivalry games?

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Last year's Apple Cup wasn't a whole lot of fun for those on the good side of the state (even less fun if you were at the game), and really wasn't much of a ballgame. This year's rendition likely won't be a matchup of top 25 teams, or maybe even of bowl bound teams, but it should be more competitive. Over at Pacific Takes Jack Follman ranked the Pac-12's rivalries, and the Apple Cup came in at fourth.

Now, I'm going to avoid doing my own rankings, I generally try to avoid writing pieces that could be done in a slideshow format. The subject however is a fun offseason exercise. Last year's game was a dud, we should be able to agree on that. However, blowouts have not been the norm in this series. From 2002-2010 all but one was a one possession game.

I think it would be fair to peg this as the third best rivalry in the conference. Follman has UW and Oregon one spot ahead of the Apple Cup, but I would bet we see WSU win three straight Apple Cups before the Huskies finally beat Oregon again (It's already been 10 years).

How do you think our rivalry stacks up? Do you expect an instant classic this season? I would be fine with another blowout, as long as the trophy changes hands.



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