The Day After: Wrapping up Washington's 22-20 win at Oregon State
Final thoughts and observations, plus some clarity on the Apple Cup's future.
Apple Cup week begins with Apple Cup news.
The rivalry will continue through at least 2028, Washington and Washington State announced Sunday. Next year’s game will be played Sept. 14 at Lumen Field, with the series moving back to the schools’ campuses in 2025 (Pullman) and alternating thereafter.
The announcement finalizes UW’s 2024 schedule, and addresses one of the primary concerns related to Washington’s move to the Big Ten. While WSU’s conference future remains uncertain — reports suggest a scheduling partnership with the Mountain West for next season — campus leaders at both schools were at least able to ensure the 123-year-old rivalry1 will carry on.
As for Saturday’s game: it’s not only an opportunity for UW to complete just its second unbeaten regular season in the modern era — and its first 12-0 regular season — but also a chance for coach Kalen DeBoer to remain undefeated against UW’s Pacific Northwest rivals.
He’s 5-0 so far, with four of those victories coming against ranked teams. Last year, UW’s 51-33 victory in Pullman doubled as a celebration of DeBoer’s contract extension, which UW announced earlier that week. Another victory this year would only boost DeBoer’s leverage as the school attempts to lock him up once more.
My final thoughts and observations from Corvallis: