It's Apple Cup Saturday, which should be a state holiday, with anyone working on the day earning double-time. Well, that would happen if you folks elect me governor next year. I'll be retired. After covering Washington State the past five years, running Washington state should be a breeze. Read on.
• Washington State: As part of my campaign kickoff, we'll start with every thing interesting I can find on the Apple Cup. OK, that's it. … Just kidding. We have our story on Marshall Lobbestael and his start today in the Cup, plus our four keys to the game. … There is the Seattle Times' advance along with a short scouting report. … The Apple Cup is its own reward. … CougCenter looks at WSU's wide receivers and the Washington defense. … Finally, we watched the Cougar basketball game during dinner with a friend last night. Might not have been the best choice.
• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller asks if we knew these facts. … Washington: If the Husky defense falters again, will Nick Holt be in trouble? … Oregon State: Can the Beavers post one of the biggest upsets in Civil War history? In all aspects, they are having trouble keeping up with the Ducks. … Oregon: Here's one vote for UO winning today. … California: The Bears finish the season on an up note, pulling away for ASU in the second half for a 47-38 victory. … Stanford: The Cardinal, in Andrew Luck's final home game, have to focus on what they can control, not the national title picture. … Colorado: Everyone who saw the Buff's 17-14 victory over Utah coming, raise your hands. You're all liars. CU snaps a 24-game losing streak outside the state of Colorado with the upset. … Utah: How to explain the loss? The Utes defense started slowly, their kicker, who hit three in a Pullman snowstorm, couldn't connect at all and John White got hurt. It adds up to an upset and an end to the Utes' title hopes. … USC: Even with the strange happenings of Friday, it is the rivalry game that pits brother vs. brother. … UCLA: The Bruins clinched the South's berth in the championship game but they have to win today to truly claim the division title. … Arizona State: The Sun Devils' defeat, their fourth in a row, may end up costing Dennis Erickson a lot. They played most of the second half without Vontaze Burfict. … Arizona: The Wildcats play their final game under interim coach Tim Kish and it's against Louisiana-Lafayette. Really.
• That's it for this morning. We'll reconnect with you from CenturyLink Field this afternoon. Don't get too out of control before the game. It is a 4:30 kickoff. Until then …