No. 6 Washington (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12, No. 5 CFP) at No. 23 Washington State (8-3, 7-1, No. 23 CFP), Friday, 3:30 p.m. (FOX) Line: Washington by 6.
No. 6 Washington (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12, No. 5 CFP) at No. 23 Washington State (8-3, 7-1, No. 23 CFP), Friday, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)
Line: Washington by 6.
Series record: Washington leads 70-32-6.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Apple Cup may never have been bigger. For the first time since 1981 a shot at the Rose Bowl is on the line for the winner of Friday's game. Except unlike 1981, the winner will only advance to the Pac-12 title game against either Colorado or Southern California. Washington has won three straight in the series but the Cougars are 3-3 in the past six Apple Cups played in Pullman.
Washington State's offensive line vs. Washington's pass rush. If Luke Falk is given time to throw, he should be able to find openings in Washington's stellar secondary. Falk showed that capability in the first half last week against Colorado that when provided time to throw he could complete passes against a top secondary. Washington's pass rush was absent for the previous four weeks before recording six sacks last Saturday against Arizona State.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Washington: RB Myles Gaskin. With the weather expected to be less than perfect, Washington could use a big performance from its sophomore running back. Gaskin has 1,130 yards on the season and posted his fifth 100-yard game with 127 yards last week against Arizona State.
Washington State: WR Gabe Marks. In the final home game of his career, Marks has a chance to add to the school records he already owns. Marks had six catches last week against Colorado, giving him 301 for his career and becoming just the 13th receiver in FBS history with 300 or more catches. Last year in the Apple Cup, Marks was held to seven catches for 58 yards.
FACTS & FIGURES
The last four times Washington State has been ranked entering the Apple Cup, Washington has won (2015, 2001-03). ... Only sixth time since creation of AP poll in 1936 that both teams have been ranked entering game. ... Despite ranking 11th in rushing offense in the conference, Washington State has more rushing touchdowns (22) than Washington (19).