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December 4, 2010 at 6:03 AM

Apple Cup gameday links

It’s finally here, another Apple Cup Saturday, the latest ever held, and maybe the last that will ever be held in December, as well, with the Pac-12 title game scheduled to be on this first Saturday of December in future years.
For UW, it’s potentially a pretty momentous day as a win would get the Huskies into a bowl game, either the Alamo or the Holiday.
I wrote about some of what today’s game could mean for UW in my preview story for today’s paper. As I wrote, getting a win today and to a bowl would be the most tangible thing Steve Sarkisian could point to as a sign of progress as he ends his second year at UW. But as Sarkisian says in the story, he feels just getting to this point has also indicated progress.
I imagine the view of fans will be greatly influenced by what happens today.
By the way, I initially meant to post something following UW’s walkthrough last night. But there really was nothing much to report as the team got off the buses, headed to the locker room to get familiar with those surroundings, walked through the tunnel to the field, and then after spending a few minutes there, went back to the buses to head to the team hotel in Moscow. The turf was cleared of snow, and as of late last night, it had not snowed again, so the playing surface doesn’t loom as a big issues for the game unless the weather changes.
And the official word was there was nothing in terms of personnel issues that was new.
Also, I plan on a live chat at 2:30 p.m. from Martin Stadium to talk about the Apple Cup.
And also as part of our Apple Cup coverage today is this story on WSU’s challenge facing UW’s running attack and the final installment of our series on the greatest quarterback performances in the history of the Apple Cup.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Here’s the weather report for Pullman showing no real huge threat of snow during the game. It’ll be cold, but snow doesn’t figure to be a big issue based on the forecasts and what we can see.
— GoHuskies.com has this preview of the game.
— Here’s a nice story on Nate Fellner from the Fresno Bee.
— Here’s the Associated Press preview of the game.
— You can take a look here at how they cleared off Martin Stadium.
— The Tucson Citizen has this Arizona-flavored take on the Alamo Bowl options. I wrote what I know about this in an entry yesterday morning — it will come down to UW and Arizona (and obviously assuming the Huskies win today) and it doesn’t sound like anything will be set until Sunday.
— The Daily Oklahoman says Oklahoma State may now be a longshot for the Alamo and that UW could face Oklahoma in that game if it can win today.
Phil Steele has picked his All-Pac-10 team and has Mason Foster and Jermaine Kearse on the first team. And more than a few other Huskies on the second, third and fourth teams.
— FanHouse.com reviews the decision the Rams never had to make of whether to take Jake Locker or Sam Bradford.
— Arizona State had its waiver for a bowl denied, so the most Pac-10 teams that can qualify for a bowl this year is five, and it could be as little as three depending on what happens today (with UW fans obviously hoping it is at least four).

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