Apple Cup

In spite of a dramatic, early-season victory over then-highly-ranked USC, the UW Huskies are 3-7, ninth in the Pac-10, and out of bowl contention. Meanwhile, the WSU Cougars are 1-9, winless in the Pac-10, and causing many to wonder why they don’t join the likes of Idaho in the Big Sky Conference. Sound familiar, other than the beating USC part? It should. Despite a healthy Jake Locker and the off-season acquisition of two of the highest-paid employees on the state payroll, head coach Steve Sarkisian and pro-wrestleresque defensive coordinator Nick Holt, the Huskies have managed to continue their decade-long streak of misery. Sure, were it not for a couple heartbreaking losses to Notre Dame and UCLA, the Dawgs would have as many wins as losses, and the season might be considered a success. But coffee is for closers, and Locker, Sark, and Holt are looking pretty sleepy right now. The annual Apple Cup duel with the atrocious Cougs should not be the biggest game you play after Thanksgiving, guys. At least the frat parties should be fun afterwards. MIKE SEELY

Sat., Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m., 2009

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