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109th Apple Cup already a sellout

Freshman running back James Williams is one of the reasons the Cougars have a revitalized running game. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Freshman running back James Williams is one of the reasons the Cougars have a revitalized running game. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Although we are less than halfway through the 2016 college football season, the annual rivalry meeting between Washington and Washington State is already sold out.

The 109th Apple Cup will be played in front of a packed Martin Stadium, and could have large implications for both teams. No. 5 UW (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) is the highest-ranked team in the Pac-12, and the Huskies are expected to be contending for a spot in the Pac-12 championship game, if not the college football playoff.

The Cougars (2-2, 1-0) could likewise still win the Pac-12 North division, or be fighting for a postseason berth, depending on how well they build off Saturday’s statement win over Oregon.

The Huskies have won the last three meetings between the schools, and six of the last seven. However, in each of UW’s three wins since WSU’s 2012 overtime victory in Pullman, WSU has had to play without its starting quarterback.

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