Might not be the day to air it out in an Apple Cup.
As expected, a mid-afternoon chill in present in Husky Stadium, with the threat of rain looming.
Looking at the east end zone, the American flag is whipping around like it hasn’t all season. Lots of wind, and the current conditions don’t look like they’re going to blow through, so it could be around for the duration.
How does that alter either team’s game plan? I’d guess, not much. To survive, the Cougars have to run the ball. And all week, the Huskies have really put in time with their power-running plays – fullback Paul Homer being more of a lead blocker for either Chris Polk or Demitrius Bronson. Quarterback Jake Locker should also have his share of runs.
• The Cougars’ team buses (four of them) zoomed by me on Montlake Boulevard around 1:20 p.m., and arrived a tad before the Huskies. Some of the coaches were on the field first, checking out the turf and the conditions.
• Steve Sarkisian and his group came through “The Zone” about 1:45 p.m. Players were wearing their all-black nylon sweatsuits.
• Good to see Huskies and Cougars, arm in arm, taking in a few pre-game beverages before the game. Saw former UW players Dave Hoffman and Omare Lowe mingling in “The Zone.”
Pre-game personnel updates coming later. Enjoy the 102nd Apple Cup!
** UPDATE I: No lineup changes for the Huskies, it appears. Receiver Jordan Polk (migraine headaches) is suited up and ran through all the team stuff. I would be surprised if he played. … WSU’s Jeff Tuel (knee) is also working out with the quarterback. He looks so-so, and could see time if the Cougars fall behind.