|First meeting||November 30, 1900
|Latest meeting||November 25, 2016
|Next meeting||November 25, 2017
|Trophy||Apple Cup (since 1962)
Governor's Trophy (1934–61)
|All-time series||Washington leads,
|Largest victory||Washington, 51–3 (2000)|
|Longest win streak||Washington, 8
|Current win streak||Washington, 4
The Apple Cup is an American college football rivalry between the University of Washington Huskies and Washington State University Cougars. Both are members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference.
First played 117 years ago in 1900, it is traditionally the final game of the regular season for both teams and originally took place on the Saturday preceding Thanksgiving. Since 1946, it has been held in odd years in Seattle at Husky Stadium (except in 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; in Seattle in mid-October and in Pullman in late November.
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 been held on the Friday after Thanksgiving, excluding 2014 when it was played a day later on Saturday. First awarded in 1962, the Apple Cup trophy is presented to the winner by the state's governor at the conclusion of the game.
With the lengthening of the college football regular season schedule to 12 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 during the season. In 2006, both teams played 12 straight weeks without a break, leaving the two teams noticeably fatigued. For the first time, the 2007 game was played the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The rivalry returned to the Saturday before Thanksgiving in 2008 in Pullman.
The media joked that the 2008 game in Pullman was the "Crapple Cup" and "full of worms", because WSU (1–10) hosted winless UW (0–11); the Cougars won, albeit in double overtime. The game returned to the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2009 in Seattle and the 2010 game was played on December 4 in Pullman. The 2011 game in Seattle on Saturday, November 26, 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 at Joe Albi Stadium (Memorial Stadium until 1962) in Spokane. The Cougars won three of these fifteen games in Spokane (1958, 1968, 1972). In 1910, the WSU home game was played in Spokane's 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, both in Seattle.
|Washington victories||Washington State victories||Tie games|
^ 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)
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|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||5||2012–2016||1||4||.200|
- Last tie was in 1942, overtime began in 1996 in Division I-A
- Two games were played in 1945
- "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.
- Withers, Bud (January 6, 2014). "Apple Cup moving back to Saturday for 2014". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
-  "Apple Cup Preview: After 107 rollicking years, even the trophy has a history" seattlepi.com November 22, 2007
- Murphy, Austin (2008-11-20). "Washington-Washington State playing for pride in Apple Cup". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2009-02-24. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
- "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.