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SEATTLE -- The Apple Cup is rarely this significant. Denver Broncos Courtland Sutton Jersey .Sure, the rivalry has gone through plenty of years where either Washington or Washington State had a significant stake in the outcome. But rarely has there been so much riding on this game as there will be Friday when the No. 6 Huskies and the No. 23 Cougars meet for the 109th time.This is just the sixth time both teams are ranked entering their rivalry week. Its also the first time in 35 years that a shot at the Rose Bowl -- at minimum -- will be at stake for the winner.Its a lofty place for both programs and has fans on each side in agreement: this could be the biggest Apple Cup ever.These kids have been all in on like every game, so to say, OK, this ones like . I dont know. I just want them to prepare like they have and go over and compete like they have, which I know they will, Washington coach Chris Petersen said Monday. We know its like all this hard work kind of comes down to this. But its really hard for me to say, like, `OK, now were really all in on this. I just think theyve really been invested this whole year, every game, and I think thats what youve kind of seen. But itll be exciting.Its not as simple as it was 35 years ago when the then-No. 17 Huskies beat the No. 14 Cougars 23-10 in Seattle to claim the Pac-10 title and a spot in the Rose Bowl. The winner on Friday still must win the conference championship game over the Pac-12 South winner to assure themselves of at least a spot in Pasadena.That 1981 game was the third time both schools were ranked. The other games:- 2001: No. 16 Huskies 26, No. 9 Cougars 14- 1997: No. 11 Cougars 41, No. 17 Huskies 35 (win sent Washington State to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1930 season)- 1972: No. 20 Cougars 27, No. 17 Huskies 10- 1936: No. 6 Huskies 40, No. 20 Cougars 0The past two weeks have taken a bit of luster off the meeting.Washingtons loss at home to Southern California and Washington States setback at Colorado diminished some of the significance.Washington State (8-3, 7-1 Pac-12) no longer has a path to the Rose Bowl via just a win over the Huskies; the Cougars only hope for a trip to Pasadena would come through winning the Pac-12 title game.Washington (10-1, 7-1) lost any wiggle room it had in the College Football Playoff rankings and must beat the Cougars and win the Pac-12 championship game to have a shot at being in the final four.I didnt think we played together particularly well, Leach said Monday of the loss to Colorado. (I) thought we should have played together better. I thought that was the case team-wide.The beginning of the week wasnt without distractions for the Huskies, who were dealing with the departure of reserve cornerback Darren Gardenhire on Monday. Gardenhire first posted on his Instagram page that he was transferring and Petersen later confirmed that Gardenhire is no longer with the program. Petersen said the decision was a bit of a surprise.Gardenhire appeared in 11 games and had 13 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.Difference in philosophy is probably the best way to put it, Petersen said.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Denver Broncos Sam Jones Jersey . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. Denver Broncos David Williams Jersey . 31, the CFL club announced Monday. The team also has yet to decide on the future of Doug Berry, who began the season as a consultant to the head coach but took over the offensive co-ordinators duties in July. http:///...hawn-bierria-jersey/ . Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. LINCOLN, Neb. -- When No. 7 Nebraska visits No. 11 Wisconsin on Saturday night, it will have been 23 months since DeMornay Pierson-El returned a punt for a touchdown and two days shy of one year since he sustained a devastating leg injury.Anyone in the Cornhuskers scarlet and cream would love the high-stakes game at Camp Randall Stadium to be the stage where Pierson-El shows that he is all the way back.Im getting into my groove, he said, and everybodys starting to see it.The first sign was in the third game, when he broke a 45-yard return to set up a momentum-shifting touchdown against Oregon. Two weeks later, the junior from Alexandria, Virginia, busted a 27-yarder against Illinois for the 11th return of 25 yards or longer in his career. He was one missed block from going all the way on a return against Indiana, and last week he scored his first touchdown of the season on a 40-yard catch-and-run against Purdue.Hes capable of, just like that, in the blink of an eye, making a big play, coach Mike Riley said, and so Im really happy for him personally to come back from two major injuries a year ago.Pierson-El emerged in 2014 as one of the nations most dynamic playmakers. He ran back three punts for touchdowns, had almost 200 more yards than anybody in total punt return yards and his 17.5-yard average ranked second. As a receiver, 17 of his 23 catches came in the final four games, and he set a school bowl record with eight receptions against Southern California.Upon his hiring, Riley excitedly spoke about the ways Pierson-El could be featured in his offense and as a return man in 2015. But Pierson-El broke his right foot in preseason practice and missed the first four games. In the Oct. 31 loss at Purdue, he tore two major ligaments in his left knee, ruptured his hamsttring and fractured the leg, all while celebrating a teammates touchdown. Denver Broncos Jerseys For Sale. ierson-El went into this season having mostly recovered physically, but he lacked confidence in his left leg. He thought sitting out as a redshirt. In retrospect, he said, doing that would have been heartbreaking.Im absolutely glad Im playing, Pierson-El said. It was a decision that I didnt know where it was going to go at first.Against Oregon, he fumbled while making a fair catch, and he lost yards on a jet sweep. Any doubts he might have had about playing this season were erased late in the half when he sidestepped a player and went 45 yards deep into Ducks territory.It was positive thinking all the way, he said. My teammates have believed in me. The trainers have put work in day in and day out. A lot of people dont see that. Its a weight off the shoulders because Ive been waiting for it. I knew what I had to do, which is catch it and just run.Pierson-El did plenty of catching and running as a freshman. His 596 punt return yards ranked third on the school single-season chart, and he tied for the national lead with three returns for TDs -- 86 yards against Fresno State, 62 yards against Michigan State and 80 yards against Iowa.This season, his 9.9-yard average on 11 returns ranks second in the Big Ten behind Michigans Jabrill Peppers. Pierson-El said hes doing nothing different this week to prepare for Wisconsin, which is giving up 6 yards a return since Akron broke a 55-yarder for a touchdown in the Badgers second game.His goal in Madison?Hopefully get into the end zone again, he said.---Online:AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org Cheap NFL HoodiesCheap Nike NFL JerseysWholesale Nike NFL JerseysWholesale Jerseys Free ShippingJerseys NFL ChinaWholesale NFL Autographed JerseysCheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '
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