The Apple Cup Rivalry
College rivalries usually involve two teams that don’t get along. But in the case of the Apple Cup, the annual showdown between Washington State University and the University of Washington, the game is literally cats versus dogs. This Pac-12 rivalry between the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars dates back to 1900 and is traditionally the final game of the regular season for both schools.

The divide between the two schools doesn’t end with their respective mascots. It’s a matchup of East and West — metropolis versus college town — as the home cities of the state’s two largest schools differ drastically (UW is in Seattle, WSU is in Pullman). From 1934 to 1961, the two teams competed for the Governor’s Trophy. But the game was renamed the Apple Cup in 1962 because of Washington State’s famous apple crop.

The Huskies hold a decided lead in the series, but that hasn’t stopped both teams from churning out talented, NFL-bound players in recent years. Warren Moon, Jake Locker, and Corey Dillon are former Huskies who made their way to NFL, while Drew Bledsoe, Mark Rypien, and Marcus Trufant played for the Cougars before turning pro.