The Cougars vs. Huskies 2010 game will be the coldest of the season for both teams. The 2010 Apple Cup might not see snow, but the Cougars and Huskies are about to put their fans through an evening of football in the crisp air of Eastern Washington.
According to weather reports, the 2010 Apple Cup will see kick off temperatures around 27 degrees, with a dip to about 23 degrees during the second half. These temperatures don’t take into account any wind-chill factors, which could definitely come in to play if there is any real wind. Weather.com is reporting that there will be slight winds of four to five mph, and states that it will “feel” like 18 degrees at the coldest point.
To put the recent weather for Eastern Washington into perspective, Spokane, which is just 72 miles north of Pullman (where the game will be played) broke its all time record for snow accumulations during the month of November. Pullman has seen its fair share of snow as well, leading to a massive endeavor just to clear it from the stadium in time for the game. The only small break for fans is that no snow is expected on game day.
This is the first time that the Cougars vs. Huskies game has taken place in December, mostly because the weather can turn in a few hours. It is extremely cold during the winter months in Pullman, and they have been hit with a lot of snow before the 2010 winter even officially begins. It has created quite a few debates about which team will have the advantage when it comes to the cold, and the answer could be that neither team will prosper simply because of the weather.
The current Pac-10 Conference standings are full of carnage, especially with so many teams already getting eliminated from bowl contention. WSU, UCLA, California, and Arizona State all failed to win enough games to make a bowl game, and then there is USC, which is ineligible for a bowl game due to NCAA violations. That leaves the conference needing both Washington and Oregon State to win their final games in order for the conference to have five bowl eligible schools. It’s a tough task for Oregon State vs. Oregon, leaving the Washington vs. Washington State game to decide third place in the conference.
The Washington State Cougars have had a rough season, posting a 2-9 record before the 2010 Apple Cup. It has been no pleasure cruise for the Washington Huskies either, standing at 5-6 coming into a must-win game if they want to get quarterback Jake Locker into his first and only bowl game for the team. Everyone on the field already knows this, with WSU wanting to play the role of spoiler, and UW wanting to avenge the losses that they suffered the past two seasons.
The Cougars vs. Huskies game kicks off at 4 pm PT on Saturday, giving fans trying to travel across the state a bit of added time to make it into Pullman safely. Dress warm though, because it is going to be a cold night in Eastern Washington. Hopefully the game lives up to its billing and provides fans with an exciting competition between the two biggest universities in Washington State.