It is the Apple Cup is the name of the annual football match between the rival states which is played by Pac Ten Conference rivals the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State University Cougars. Both schools have met at least 102 times throughout the history of this Apple Cup rivalry. Each year, that is the one who wins this highly anticipated contest will be awarded the highly sought-after Apple Cup trophy, a travelling trophy that is kept by the school that took home the trophy in the most recent game.
It is the University of Washington SPBO is located in Seattle, Washington (the largest city in the state). About 285 miles to the east of Seattle are the cities located in Pullman, Washington where the main campus of the Washington State University Cougars is situated. The exact location of this year’s Apple Cup game alternates between Martin Stadium (capacity 35,117) in Pullman and Husky Stadium (capacity 72,500) in Seattle. It takes around four and a quarter hours to travel from one school to the other to play away football matches.
The annual match between two of the top colleges in the State is played on the day following Thanksgiving holiday. It is the end during the season. Prior to 2007, the game was usually played on a Saturday just before Thanksgiving, however due to the increase in the schedule of college football to 12 games, the Apple Cup game has recently been moved to the weekend following Thanksgiving to ensure its position as the final match of the regular season.
The tale of how the name Apple Cup came to be associated with this competition is very simple. Through the entire history of this rivalry, which goes back to the month of November in 1900, the opponents from the state of Washington referred to the game the Governor’s Trophy game but that changed in 1962. Starting with the 1962 match-up, the name of the annual game between the two schools was changed from Governor’s Trophy to the Apple Cup to honor the apple orchids and apples Washington state Washington is famous for.
The name change was officially was made in 1962, when historians of college football analyze the record the two teams have against one other at their annual Apple Cup they generally count wins and losses going to the first match on the 30th of November 1900, which ended with a 5-5 draw (a quite unusual final score for contemporary standards). In the 102 matches the two teams have played on the gridiron they have won the University of Washington leads the overall series with a total of 65-31-6.