It is cold and clear in Pullman for the Apple Cup.
About an hour and 15 minutes before kickoff, about a quarter of Martin Stadium is a block of crimson since the students have been allowed in. Now, other sections of the stadium are beginning to fill, including some streaks of purple in what I take to be the east end zone.
On the field, early arriving Huskies and Cougars are going through light workouts.
The reader board on Beasley Coliseum says 44 degrees, and my hunc is that I'll watch that figure decline pretty steadily as the game moves along.
3:10: The teams are working out on the field now. The Huskies are in their usual road uniforms, but the Cougars have pulled out their retro grey helmets with the "Cougars" script instead of the WSU-logo. That's no surprise considering they've won in them the past couple of seasons.
3:37: The teams just left the field for a final trip to the locker room (which is quite a hike for the Huskies). Felix Sweetman was indeed working out with the second unit ... a possible angle that I think could add some real drama to today's game.
There's no suspense about captions today, by the way. Before Senior Day, the team elected "season captains," so Dashon Goldson, Sonny Shackelford, Isaiah Stanback and C.J. Wallace will fill those duties again today.
Now the UW band is on the field, and heeeere we go...
3:50: Well, here we don't go, as it turns out. We were supposed to kick off five minutes ago, and the Cougars are still going through Senior Day introductions. It looks like we'll be close to 4 p.m. before this thing actually gets going.