UW has outclassed WSU in recent Apple Cups. Will 2018 be different?

Washington Huskies head coach Chris Petersen, left, shakes hands with Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach after the Huskies beat the Cougars in the 109th Apple Cup, 45-17. (Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)
WSU coach Mike Leach has never beaten UW coach Chris Petersen in the Apple Cup. Will that change this season? (Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)

The Cougars, 10-1 and ranked seventh in the the AP Top 25 poll, have valid reasons to think this is their year. But they did in recent years as well. Skepticism will remain until they show they can hang with UW.

Washington players are all smiles as time runs down against Washington State in the fourth quarter at the 108th Apple Cup at Husky Stadium on Friday, November 27, 2015, in Seattle, Wash. From left are, Dante Pettis, Isaiah Renfro, and Marvin Hall, Jr. Washington won 45-10.
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James Paxton had given up just 3 hits in his first 6-innings pitched, but had no offensive help against Houston.

The Houston Astros played the Seattle Mariners in AL West action Monday, July 30, 2018 at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA. 207042
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