WSU coach Paul Wulff and UW coach Ty Willingham agreed on today's Pac-10 football coaches conference call that if all things were equal they prefer the tradition of playing the Apple Cup as the final game of the regular season.
That won't be the case this season, as WSU ends up with a 13th game in Hawaii -- as UW did last year -- while the Huskies' odd three-bye season ends Dec. 7 with a visit to California.
Both coaches admit that might become the new reality -- especially in seasons when the game is played in Pullman. Unless the new coach disagrees, Washington likes bye weeks in the new 12-game season and one of the best ways to accomplish that would be moving the Apple Cup back a week or two. But WSU doesn't want to host the game on Thanksgiving week when students are off campus. And the idea of playing a December game on the Palouse isn't all that inviting either.
At least as of now, the Huskies are scheduled to end the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Apple Cup game. However, neither of those proposed schedules include byes, so that may not survive.