6 Things You Need To Know If You're Traveling From The Westside For Apple Cup

6 Things You Need To Know If You're Traveling From The Westside For Apple Cup

Over the Cascades and through wheatfields to Pullman we go.

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Like clockwork, the weekend after Thanksgiving brings two of the biggest rivalries together for one of college football's greatest games of the year, the Apple Cup.

Washington State University goes head to head with the University of Washington whose more recent football legends have yet to disappoint and brought a win to the university more than six years in a row. Leaving the WSU Cougars to freeze in their tracks (almost literally).

BUT, not this year! The WSU Cougars are currently number one on the west coast. Claiming the number eight seat in the top of the Pac-12 Conference this year, while UW is ranked as number nine? Nope. Ten? Nope, they are ranked as number 21.

According to ESPN College Football Power Rankings, both schools are the only two apart of the Pac-12 this year with fewer than three conference losses, and to top it off, the Cougars are currently 9-1 and have won 22 of their last 29 games against Pac-12 opponents. GO COUGS! This should make for an interesting game.

1. The history of the Apple Cup.

So the Apple Cup has been a statewide tradition since 1900 and has been played annually for over 80 years. The tension between the two schools comes from more than just athletic rivalries but also from contributing factors like the politics, the lifestyle, the academics, the environment, and more importantly the location that puts a huge divide between the schools Apple Cup Rivalry. As one, UW is nestled between Lake Washington and Lake Union, WSU is located in Pullman, and if you come from a more urban region, which lets face it we all do, the six and a half hour drive through the Cascade Mountains and rolling wheat fields can come as a bit of a shock. The two schools are quite literally on completely opposite sides of the state of Washington, yet tension runs deep.

2. The game switches locations every year.

Dedicated students, faculty, alumni, and Washington State citizens spend the days before Thanksgiving preparing their turkeys, stuffing, and mashed potatoes right alongside their crimson and grey or purple and gold signs of spirit! The event takes place each year at one of two locations, either in the hustle and bustle of the city of Seattle at UW's Husky Stadium or in Pullman at the WSU Cougars Martin Stadium. This year, WSU Cougars, have a home advantage, like its fans, and rivals will eat their turkey quickly to make the six and a half hour drive over the river and through the SNOW to the "Promise Land" to witness the WSU Cougars kick some Husky a#$.

3. The weather is going to be awful.

Before making the long, but worth it, trek back to the Promised Land, it's important to be prepared for all that you may face on this journey. Besides a Cougar victory, the weather conditions when traveling from the west to the east side of the state have proven to be difficult in more ways than one and have also, in the past, led to the loss of the lives of several of our own. No matter where your traveling from, make sure you are up to date on all weather conditions leading you to Pullman.

4. Be careful driving to Pullman.

If you already know you will be traveling through the Cascades be up to date on the latest conditions by viewing this website www.wsdot.com and checking it frequently, especially once approaching the pass.

5. Bundle up.

Our lovely, yet unpredictable weather here in Pullman, tends to be more on the chilly side of things and temperatures in the low 30's can be expected on game day, that means BUNDLE UP!!!!

6. Show up early.

This year is a huge year for our WSU Cougars as they have been literally killing the game all season. While they need as much support as they can get, Martin Stadium is going to be a packed house for the football game.

All student section seats are first come, first served. Tickets for the game have been sold out since October, and all attendees need to arrive early, as there are no guarantees for admission, even for those students with a sports pass.


KICKOFF is at 5:30 p.m. and gates will open to the public two hours prior. Find your way back home to Martin Stadium this holiday season, skip the black Friday BS and support your COUGS!!!!!!!

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Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


Cover Image Credit: Katie Ward

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