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Apple Cup game time set for 5 p.m. on FOX

The kickoff time is finally set for the biggest game of the year between No. 14 WSU and No. 18 UW.

NCAA Football: Stanford at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

You can finally formalize your viewing plans for the 2017 Apple Cup: This year’s rivalry game between the Washington State Cougars and Washington Huskies will kick off at 5 p.m. PT on FOX this Saturday, according to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.

This means the Cougs will have a massive national audience to make a statement: With a victory, WSU would win the Pac-12 North and advance to the Pac-12 Championship Game for a rematch with USC.

Washington’s game against Utah has not yet ended, but we already know the Apple Cup won’t be as high stakes as many imagined; the Huskies were eliminated from contention in the Pac-12 North when Stanford defeated Cal in the Big Game.

Stanford — which, again, eliminated Washington from contention in the Pac-12 North with its win over Cal in the Big Game — will face Notre Dame in the other 5 p.m. slot on ABC.

The Cougs will be coming off a bye week before traveling over the mountains to take on the Huskies, who are mathematically eliminated from winning the Pac-12 North.