The 2011 Apple Cup marks the 104th time the Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars clash in a battle that divides the state nearly in half. To the east, the Cougars roam, occupying the other side of the mountains from Ellensburgh to Pullman and everywhere in between. To the west, it's Husky territory, with purple and gold dotting Seattle, Bellevue and elsewhere with swaths of crimson mixed in. Offices, households and social circles are divided this time of year, and it all adds up to a great rivalry.
The football may not always be great, but the Apple Cup is always a fun time of year. This time around, the Huskies come in on a winning streak in the rivalry having pulled themselves out of a dark era, even managing a bowl game in 2010.
This year, the Apple Cup moves to CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. Husky Stadium, the home of Washington football, is undergoing renovations, forcing the game to be played in downtown Seattle. It should create a raucous environment yet again this year, with fans from both sides making the trek into Seattle.
Here's a look at the series history.
Series record: Washington leads the all-time series, 66-31-6
Last year’s result: Huskies beat the Cougars in Pullman, 35-28
Current streak: Washington has a two-game winning streak.
Longest-ever streak: Washington had two eight-game win-streaks (1959-1966, 1974-1981)
First meeting: November 30, 1900. A barn-burner that ended in a 5-5 tie