The Apple Cup is an American college football rivalry game between the University of Washington Huskies and Washington State University Cougars, the two largest universities in the state of Washington. Both are members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference.
|First meeting||November 30, 1900|
|Latest meeting||November 29, 2019|
|Next meeting||November 27, 2020|
|Trophy||Apple Cup (since 1962)|
Governor's Trophy (1934–1961)
|All-time series||Washington leads,|
|Largest victory||Washington, 51–3 (2000)|
|Longest win streak||Washington, 8|
|Current win streak||Washington, 7|
|Locations of Washington and Washington State|
First played 120 years ago in 1900, the matchup is traditionally the final game of the regular season for both teams and regularly took place on the Saturday preceding Thanksgiving. With the NCAA's extension of the regular season to twelve games in 2006, the game is often played at a later date. Since 2011, it has most commonly been held on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Since 1946, the game has been held in odd years in Seattle at Husky Stadium (except 2011, at CenturyLink Field), while Washington State has hosted during even years at Rogers Field (1946, 1948, 1954) and Martin Stadium (since 1982) in Pullman, and Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. The games in eastern Washington from 1935 to 1948, all in Pullman, were held in mid-October. The exception was in 1945, when two games were played: the first in Seattle in mid-October, and the second in Pullman in late November.
When the college football regular season was lengthened from eleven to twelve games in 2006, there was a movement to change the date of the game from the Saturday before Thanksgiving to the weekend following, which would have allowed a bye week for both teams during the season. In 2006, both teams played twelve straight weeks without a bye, leaving the two teams noticeably fatigued. The 2007 game was played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the first time; but the 2008 game was returned to the Saturday before the holiday.
The media joked that the 2008 game won by the Cougars in Pullman was the "Crapple Cup" and "full of worms," because WSU (1–10) hosted winless UW (0–11). The game returned to the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2009 in Seattle. The 2011 game in Seattle was moved to CenturyLink Field to allow an early start on the renovation of Husky Stadium.
From 1950 through 1980 (except for 1954), the WSU home games in the series were played in Spokane at Joe Albi Stadium (Memorial Stadium until 1962). The Cougars won three of these fifteen games (1958, 1968, 1972). In 1910, the WSU home game in Spokane was played at Recreation Park ( ).
The first game in 1900 resulted in a 5–5 tie. The series has been played continuously since 1945, when there were two games, one in Seattle and one in Pullman.
|Washington victories||Washington State victories|
^ The 2011 game was played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to expedite the Husky Stadium renovation project.
- OT → Overtime (1996, 2012)
- 2OT → Double Overtime (2008)
- 3OT → Triple Overtime (2002)
|Phil Sarboe||Washington State||6||1945–1949||2||4||0||.333|
|Forest Evashevski||Washington State||2||1950–1951||1||1||0||.500|
|Al Kircher||Washington State||4||1952–1955||2||2||0||.500|
|Jim Sutherland||Washington State||8||1956–1963||2||6||0||.250|
|Bert Clark||Washington State||4||1964–1967||1||3||0||.250|
|Jim Sweeney||Washington State||8||1968–1975||3||5||0||.375|
|Jackie Sherrill||Washington State||1||1976||0||1||0||.000|
|Warren Powers||Washington State||1||1977||0||1||0||.000|
|Jim Walden||Washington State||9||1978–1986||3||6||0||.333|
|Dennis Erickson||Washington State||2||1987–1988||1||1||0||.500|
|Mike Price||Washington State||14||1989–2002||3||11||0||.214|
|Bill Doba||Washington State||5||2003–2007||3||2||.600|
|Paul Wulff||Washington State||4||2008–2011||1||3||.250|
|Mike Leach||Washington State||8||2012–2019||1||7||.125|
- Last tie was in 1942, overtime began in 1996 in Division I-A
- Two games were played in 1945
- "A tie at Seattle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). November 30, 1900. p. 2.
- "Pullman still claims the lead". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). December 1, 1900. p. 5.
- "Football men return". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). December 2, 1900. p. 5.
- Withers, Bud (January 6, 2014). "Apple Cup moving back to Saturday for 2014". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- "Important W.S.C.-Husky game on at Pullman today". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. November 24, 1945. p. 9.
- "Cougars beat Huskies; make bid for Rose Bowl". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associate Press. November 25, 1945. p. 10.
- Ashlock, Herb (November 26, 1945). "Two factors remain in path of W.S.C.'s Rose Bowl hopes". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 13.
-  "Apple Cup Preview: After 107 rollicking years, even the trophy has a history" seattlepi.com November 22, 2007
- "Washington-Washington State playing for pride in Apple Cup – Austin Murphy". SI.com. February 24, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "UW stadium go out for 1954; COP may appear". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. November 26, 1953. p. 17.
- "W.S.C. defeats varsity in mud". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. November 22, 1907. p. 15.
- "2017 Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Washington Athletics. pp. 175, 211. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
- "2018 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Washington State University Athletics. pp. 86, 116. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
- "New name for WSC near O.K." Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. February 4, 1959. p. 2.
- "New name near for State College". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. August 5, 1959. p. 18.