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December 3, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Apple Cup — Just the facts

Here’s the unedited version of the Apple Cup fact box for tomorrow’s paper with some of the basic information on the game:
Washington (5-6, 4-4) Washington State (2-9, 1-7)
Time: 4 p.m. at Martin Stadium TV: Versus Radio: 950 AM/850 AM The line: Huskies by 6.5.
The setup: It’s a simple one for UW — win and the Huskies are in a bowl game for the first time since 2002, either the Holiday in San Diego on Dec. 30 or Alamo in San Antonio on Dec. 29. Lose, and the Huskies will be home for the holidays yet again, consigned to another losing season. WSU is looking to end its season with a two-game winning streak, which would be its first since 2007 — WSU beat OSU 31-14 on Nov. 13. It would also be a second Pac-10 victory, the most since 2007


What to expect: Lots of runs from the Huskies against a WSU defense that ranks 115th out of 120 teams in the nation against the run, allowing 211 yards per game. The Huskies figure to try to get Jake Locker running as much as they can while also handing it off to Chris Polk. The Cougars will try the strategy that worked well against Oregon State with quarterback Jeff Tuel running more and taking opportunistic shots in the passing game downfield. UW’s defense has thrived recently with a simplified game plan.
Notes: This is the 103rd game in the series, which dates to 1900. UW has a 65-31-6 lead in the series, and won 30-0 in Seattle last season — the first shutout in the series since 1968. WSU has won two of the last three in Pullman sandwiched around a UW win in 2006. … In the last game in Pullman, WSU won 16-13 in double overtime. … That remains WSU’s only home Pac-10 win under coach Paul Wulff. … With a win, UW could be one of just three Pac-10 teams to finish with a winning conference record at 5-4 behind only Oregon and Stanford. … RB Chris Polk needs 46 yards rushing to reach the 1,000-yard mark for a second straight year. … Only two other Huskies have rushed for 1,000 yards twice in their careers — Greg Lewis and Napoleon Kaufman. … Of 14 major team statistical categories kept by the NCAA, WSU ranks 100th or worse (out of 120 teams) in seven. UW is ranked 100th or worse in three. …
Injuries: UW — RB Deontae Cooper (knee), P Will Mahan (knee), DE Talia Crichton (knee), DL Cameron Elisara (shoulder), RB Johri Fogerson (hip) are all out; LT Senio Kelemete (ankle), S Sean Parker (stinger) questionable; P Kiel Rasp (back) probable.
WASHINGTON STATE — DT Justin Clayton (knee), LT David Gonzales (arm) and CB Matthew Simmons (shoulder) are out; CB Damante Horton (knee) is doubtful; LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis (back) and WR Gino Simone (head) are probable
Upset possibility: In a series that has featured its share of pretty significant upsets through the years, this one would go more in the mild category if the Cougars pull it off. If UW can’t run the ball consistently and gives up some big plays in the passing games, the Huskies could fall.
Key matchup: UW RB Chris Polk vs. WSU’s front seven. It makes sense that the Huskies will try to pound the Cougars up the middle to set Polk loose against a WSU defense allowing a Pac-10-high 5.4 yards per carry and 211.06 per game.

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