No. 14 Washington State is rested and ready for the Apple Cup after returning from a very late bye week.
Washington State faces archrival No. 15 Washington in Seattle on Saturday with a berth in the Pac-12 title game on the line for the Cougars. A victory would give Washington State the Pac-12 North title. If the Huskies win, Stanford claims the Pac-12 North and advances to the league championship game against Southern California.
Coach Mike Leach said Monday that he was worried about his team maintaining focus on the Apple Cup during last week's bye week, which came after 11 consecutive games to open the season. But he said the Cougars (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) have responded well since practices resumed over the weekend.