Last time Apple Cup loomed so large was 1992 when Huskies, Cougars started 6-0

Washington State was a surprise team that year as it was coming off two losing seasons. Washington was the defending co-national champ. Neither team made it to the Apple Cup undefeated.

After leading Washington State to a 6-0 start in 1992, Drew Bledsoe remembers peeking occasionally across the state at the Washington Huskies, who were also perfect at the midpoint of the season.

At the time the Cougars were ranked 13th in The Associated Press rankings and led by Bledsoe, a record-setting quarterback who was taken No. 1 overall in the 1993 draft.

But they were still something of a surprise team that raced out to a fast start after compiling 4-7 and 3-8 records in the two previous seasons.


WSU @ Cal, 7:30 p.m.,



UW @ Arizona St., 7:45 p.m.,


And there was Washington.

The Huskies were the reigning national co-champions who were coming off a magical 12-0 season. They started the season ranked second in the polls and took over the No. 1 spot while riding a 20-game winning streak.

“I remember we came out and we were rolling pretty good,” Bledsoe said. “The Huskies were too. I think they were ranked ahead of us the whole year, but we were doing well.

“We knew the Apple Cup would be very significant for both teams if we could just keep on taking care of business.”

Photos | 1992 Apple Cup: The Snow Bowl

A quarter of a century later, here we are again.

Washington and Washington State are 6-0 midway to a monumental clash in the Apple Cup if — as Bledsoe said — both teams keep taking care of business.

“It feels great to have both teams be significantly relevant again,” he said. “There was a long dry spell there. There were a few years when neither team was relevant, so now it feels great to be meaningful in the football universe again.”

The similarities between the 1992 UW and WSU teams and today’s squads are strikingly eerie.

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