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HCA: What happens when you don’t go 1-0

The 2015 and 2016 Cougs have been 8-3 going into the Apple Cup.

NCAA Football: Washington State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Alright, I’m not going to lie. I got spoiled. We got spoiled.

After winning eight straight games, I kind of forgot what losing feels like. I couldn’t be the only one, right?

Yesterday’s 38-24 defeat to Colorado sucked, but if anything, it’s the perfect wake-up call that Washington State needs before taking on Washington in the Apple Cup on Friday.

Through the first half, Washington State had a 17-14 lead but it felt like it should have been large. The Cougs have several drops in the first half, including what would have been a touchdown to Gabe Marks, and forced a turnover in great field position but couldn’t do anything with it.

The second half was a different story as the momentum shifted to Colorado. Sefo Liufau tore up the Cougars defense, throwing for over 300 yards and rushing for over 100 yards with three touchdowns. The Cougar defense couldn’t get off the field as Colorado converted 13 of 20 third downs and scored 24 points in the second half before sealing their ninth win of the season.

Now comes the Apple Cup and I’m nervous. A win in the Apple Cup gives the Cougars a chance to compete for the division title and a Rose Bowl berth, but a loss likely sends them to Santa Clara for the Foster Farms Bowl...or worse.