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UW And WSU Football: Will We See Two Undefeated Teams In The Apple Cup?

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WSU quarterback Luke Falk passes against Washington in the 2016 Apple Cup game in Pullman, Wash., Nov. 25, 2016. Washington beat Washington State 45-17. There’s a chance both teams will be undefeated in this year’s matchup.";s:

We’re almost to the halfway point for college football. Both teams in Washington are undefeated and highly ranked. A lot of fans are already looking ahead to this year’s Apple Cup, when the Washington Huskies host the Washington State Cougars.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about how both teams stack up.

'Could Be Biggest Game In Apple Cup History'

With both UW and WSU at 5-0 and facing Pac-12 conference teams this weekend, the big question is how long can both teams go without a loss?

Thiel said it's likely that UW will be undefeated this year.

Under the leadership of quarterback Jake Browning and coach Chris Petersen, he said the Huskies are fulfilling expectations following last year's appearance in the College Football Playoffs.

Thiel said WSU faces some tough competition on the road in five of the remaining seven games and may drop a game or two. But they have proven leaders in quarterback Luke Falk and coach Mike Leach.

Just the mention that both teams could be undefeated when they meet in Seattle the Saturday after Thanksgiving, has fans on both sides excited.

"If they're both undefeated, that Apple Cup week...is going to be so big, we're going to think it's a Mount Rainier eruption!" Thiel joked.

"This game is going to have a lot of local energy, a lot of national attention, and it could be the biggest game in Apple Cup history."

"I hope it happens because it's a writer's dream. This will be a lot of fun!"

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Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.
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