“The guy in the other color, that won’t be mentioned, they don’t like you. And you have to take on that mentality as well: We don’t like you as well. After the game, it’s all love -- or lack thereof. But on the field, it’s something totally different,” Allison said. Allison also described the atmosphere when visiting his godbrother, former Dorsey High teammate and current UW receiver Jaydon Mickens in Seattle during the summer last year following the Cougars' win in 2012. Allison said he found out that rocking crimson wasn't appreciated, saying everybody looked down on him and made him feel invisible. "After I felt the disrespect, (laughs) it is what it is," said Allison.
“I think it provides huge momentum going into the offseason," Joe Dahl said about what a win would mean. "Two years ago, we won that Apple Cup, and it launched us into a great offseason. I think it just gives you great momentum going into spring ball and into offseason workouts, and we saw it last year how we doubled (the) wins after we won that (2012) Apple Cup,” Joe Dahl said. Allison said linebackers coach Ken Wilson "really harped on" the importance of winning on Saturday, saying it was for year-round bragging rights. Pelluer echoed the thought. “We’re not bowl-eligible so we’re treating this as our bowl, (the) state championship so to speak,” Pelluer said. “It’s bragging rights for the whole year. For the seniors, it’s their last game, so we’re trying to send them out with a bang, and with as much momentum as we can into the offseason.” Mike Leach said it’s important not to let distractions take hold this week, and that there is no such thing as playing any harder in this game than any other during the regular season. However, Leach did acknowledge the magnitude of the rivalry. “This is one of the most intense ones I’ve been a part of. All rivalries have their own quality to it. It’s really another game, but this is an intense rivalry and everybody gets excited about it, and you hear somebody or another talk about it year-round,” Leach said. The Cougars up front defensively have created significant pressure in their last two games against Oregon State and Arizona State, something Pelluer said needs to be replicated against the Huskies. A strong front seven helps out the defensive backs with pressure up front, Pelluer said, and the secondary tries to reciprocate with help on the back end. They all play as brothers on the field, Pelluer said, and when pressure is brought to bear, it’s because of what is going onside the helmet. “It’s a mental mindset that we can’t be stopped, we won’t be stopped. In Arizona State, coming out off turnovers, sometimes our mental mindset wasn’t what it needs to be. But when we’re playing together, playing with each other, trusting in each other to do... their job, then it all comes together... it really comes down to doing your job and trusting the guy next to you,” Pelluer said. Kache Palacio put on his reporter's hat late in Allison's presser and had a question for his fellow linebacker. Allison didn't miss a beat.
"Losing that ping pong game five minutes ago - to Kache Palacio - has that affected you in any way?" asked the Cougar BUCK.
"Marshawn Lynch answer: No," quipped Allison.
“As far as I know. I haven’t talked to him, and haven’t paid attention to it. It’s fine with me. Here’s the thing I get a kick out of you guys. There’s nobody in the nation that a month and a half before Senior Day plans what’s going to happen at Senior Day. I haven’t planned one my entire career, and I’m not now,” said Leach.
Leach was then asked if Williams was ever told he couldn't participate in Senior Day.
“Not by me," said Leach. "Not by me. I’ve talked to him once in three months so we’re excited for what he’s done, and we wish him the best."