It's the second straight year and only the seventh time Washington and Washington Sate have both been ranked in the AP poll entering the Apple Cup.
Washington State receives top billing entering Saturday’s 110th edition of the Apple Cup considering a win at Husky Stadium against Washington gives the Cougars to its first Pac-12 North title and sends them to the Pac-12 championship game to face South division winner USC.
The Cougars also the higher-ranked team ahead of the annual cross-state showdown for the first time since 2015.
WSU and UW each climbed one spot spot to No. 14 and 15, respectively in the Associated Press Top 25 released Sunday morning.
Washington needed a dramatic comeback on Saturday to get past Utah 33-30 while Washington State was idle.
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Both WSU and UW have identical records at 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-12.
The Cougars lost 37-3 at California and 58-37 at Arizona. Meanwhile, the Huskies were upset 13-7 at Arizona State and 30-22 two weeks ago at Stanford. The loss to Stanford (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) effectively eliminated Washington, the reigning Pac-12 champions, from the North race. The Cardinal would win the division if WSU falls to UW.
At No. 11, USC (10-2, 8-1) is the Pac-12’s highest-ranked team in the AP poll while Stanford is 20th.
It’s the second straight year and only the seventh time Washington and Washington Sate have both been ranked in the AP poll entering the Apple Cup.
Here’s a look at the years and rankings of both teams before the Apple Cup.
UW Year WSU
15 2017 14
6 2016 23
8 2001 9
17 1997 11
17 1981 14
17 1972 20
6 1936 20