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Apple Cup Preview

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State is a 9-point favorite to beat the Huskies in the Apple Cup Saturday. The Cougs have a better record, are playing at home, and, unlike UW, can clinch a bowl bid with a win. But ask the Cougs (6-5), and none of that means a thing come kickoff time 3:45 at Martin Stadium.

"It seems every year they're struggling," explained senior defensive end Mkristo Bruce. "Then they come out here and turn out to be one of the best teams in the nation when they play us. We just need to hunker down and play good basketball. Everyone gets fired up."

"It's gonna take not only the seniors, but the juniors and sophomores, and freshman and everyone who dresses," said Coach Bill Doba. "It's gonna take everyone to beat these guys, because I promise you, they'll come ready to play."

WSU will most likely be without their top two wideouts. Michael Bumpus and Jason Hill have ankle sprains which kept them out of last week's loss at ASU. Bumpus is considered questionable, while Hill is doubtful.

The Huskies (4-7) could have been playing for bowl eligiblity, but last week's loss to Stanford means they have to settle for just pride,. Nonetheless, Coach Ty Willingham knows the importance of winning this one.

"I found out very soon about the Apple Cup," said Willingham. "Threres no split loyalties there."