Apple Cup Celebrity Predictions

WSU LINEBACKER Peyton Pelluer's family is about as deep into the Apple Cup as one family can be. His dad, grandpa and great-grandpa preceded him on the Cougar football team, while his uncle and brother played for the Dawgs. Oh, and did we mention that pops also had two career moves that took him to UW as an assistant coach in the late 1990s and again in the mid-2000s?

As you might imagine with that kind of mixed background, the family is a bit torn when it comes to allegiances on Saturday when the Cougars and Huskies square off for the 107th time. We caught up with both Scott Pelluer (Peyton's dad) and Steve Pelluer (Peyton's uncle) as part of our annual Apple Cup celebrity predictions round up.

Here's what they're all forecasting:


SCOTT PELLUER, standout WSU LB 1977-80, former UW assistant coach

Cougars 34-28
“I'm hoping our young stud QB learned from several turnovers vs. ASU, and the defense learned from some easy touchdowns they gave up to ASU after those turnovers.  I'm truly hoping that we can get pressure on UW's young QB and stuff the running game, so we force him to throw against us in the snow!! Go Cougs!!

STEVE PELLUER, standout UW QB 1981-83

Huskies 30-27 in overtime
“The Huskies maintain a distinct advantage in time of possession trying to run the football and keep the ball away from Luke Falk and his talented receiving corps. The Husky pass rush is able to keep the Cougs offense off balance enough to squeak out a close win on a hard-fought cold evening in the Palouse. Pelluer leads the Cougs with seven tackles and one caused fumble.”

BRANDON GIBSON, star WSU WR 2004-07 and current Miami Dolphin (pictured above)

Cougars 28-25
“As long as WSU takes care of the ball, gets the ball to Vince (Mayle), I feel like they have a pretty good shot at winning the game. Must win the turnover margin to stay on the field.”

GREG LEWIS, star UW running back 1987-90

Huskies 37-31
"Both teams can score, but UW has the better defense and will make the key stop to preserve the victory."

DON ELLINGSEN, All-Coast WSU receiver 1958

Cougars 35-28
"The Cougars will throw the ball on the Huskies, and the Huskies won’t like the cold weather."

CHIMA NWACHUKWU, starting WSU DB 2007-2010

Cougars 21-17
"In this low-scoring affair, one has to throw out statistics and records because it is a rivalry game. This game will be out of the ordinary, and cold weather will be a factor.

TOREY HUNTER, standout WSU DB 1990-94

Cougars 38-23
“Styles make fights and I have witnessed that secondary of theirs get lit up like a house full of Christmas decorations, run by and through like the flu produces diarrhea! And until my casket drops, I’ll never pick the puppies!”

The Apple Cup kicks off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Martin Stadium. It will be televised on Fox Sports 1. The Huskies are 3 1/2 point favorites. The forecast temperature at kickoff is 21 degrees, (the coldest ever kickoff in Apple Cup history is 20 degrees in Seattle at Husky Stadium in 1985).

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