Three early items to start Apple Cup week.
First, here's my Monday preview story.
Next, the Huskies have opened a 9 1/2-point favorite.
That might seem like an awful lot for a team that hasn't won in one calendar year -- UW's last win was Nov. 17, 2007, over Cal. However, comparative scores show just how bad the Cougars have been.
Against seven common Pac-10 opponents, UW lost closer to six of them: by 34 points to Oregon, while WSU lost by 49; UW lost by seven to Stanford, WSU lost by 58; UW lost by 21 to Oregon State, WSU lost by 53; UW lost by 56 to Southern California, WSU lost by 69; UW lost by 20 to Arizona State, WSU lost by 31; UW lost by 20 to UCLA, WSU lost by 25. The lone exception came against Arizona, where the Cougars lost by 31 and the Huskies by 34.
Finally, the early weather forecast seems OK for late November in Pullman ... looks like low 40s for the noon Saturday kickoff and cloudy but no current mention of rain or snow.
Kickoff is noon Saturday at Martin Stadium. The game will be shown on FSN.