2 minute drill: Keys to the Apple Cup

November 25, 2016

Don’t take your eyes off …

Gabe Marks of Washington State and John Ross of Washington. These two receivers are among the most productive pass catchers in the country, and among the most competitive. With 301 catches, Marks has more than any receiver in Pac-12 history. Meanwhile, Ross already has 15 receiving touchdowns this year, and is on pace to break some records himself.

When WSU has the ball …

The WSU running backs have rushed for 1,541 yards, and added another 956 yards in the passing game. Mike Leach has never had a group of running backs rush for 1,500 and receive 1,000 yards in the same season, but this group appears poised to do so.

When UW has the ball …

Take a look at Jake Browning’s first few throws. His velocity appears to have waned in recent games as the season takes its toll, and the result has been a diminished effectiveness on the deep balls to Ross and Chico McClatcher. The UW offense can hurt a defense in a variety of ways, but if WSU does not have to worry so much about the deep ball it can focus its attention elsewhere.

Did you know?

The Cougars have won the last Apple Cups that fell on the same year as a presidential election.