Ahead of this Saturday’s Apple Cup, Washington and Washington State have announced a five-year continuation of their annual in-state rivalry through the 2028 season. Next year’s game will be played at Lumen Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks, before alternating campuses through 2028.
The future of the series was in serious doubt with Washington departing for the Big Ten next season and Washington State still trying to figure its future schedules as one of the last two remaining members of the Pac-12. Wazzu, along with Oregon State are currently in a court battle for control of the Pac-12 board and are reportedly in discussions with the Mountain West Conference about a future scheduling alliance. Considering the bad blood between WSU and the departing Pac-12 members, it was initially thought that this year’s Apple Cup would be the last one for the foreseeable future. But it has now been confirmed that the Cougars and Huskies will play throughout the rest of the decade.
The Apple Cup has existed since 1900, making it one of the longest standing rivalries in all of college football. Washington leads the all-time series 75-33-6.