Washington football’s 2019 Apple Cup preview

Washington football is coming off a tough loss to Colorado, but is happy to be at home for this year’s Apple Cup

Chris Petersen is 5-0 in the Apple Cup during his time with Washington football. Also, the Cougars are 0-4 on the road this season. And while anything can happen in rivalry games, and the Huskies are an uncharacteristic 3-3 at home, this should give them an edge.

Last Saturday against Oregon State, Cougars quarterback Anthony Gordon went 50/70 for 606 yards through the air with six touchdowns and three interceptions. The young Husky secondary is going to have their work cut out for them, but Jimmy Lake knows this, as the Cougars consistently come into this game as the nation’s leader in passing. Oregon State was only able to sack Gordon once, so a strong pass rush will help the secondary quite a bit.

The Huskies are led by senior safety Myles Bryant who has 61 tackles, one fumble recovery, one sack, and two interceptions on the year. He’s the most experienced player in the Husky secondary, with juniors Keith Taylor and Elijah Molden both being in their first full season starting. The rest of the members of the defensive backfield are all true or redshirt freshmen in Kyler Gordon, Cameron Williams, and Asa Turner.

The Cougar offense, which normally struggles against the Huskies will have to be on top of their game, and their defense, which is usually subpar will have to play a lot like Colorado’s did last week, when they held the Huskies to 32 yards rushing. Controlling the clock and keeping the high powered Cougar offense on the sidelines will be a big key for the Huskies.

The question is, which Husky team will show up? Will we see the same team that showed up last week in Boulder? Or the team that came out strong in the second half of the Arizona game?

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