Washington State's winning streak drawing more and more national interest

WHEN THE WASHINGTON POST, which occupies a building in our nation's capital a mere 2,545 miles from Pullman, devotes two spots in a college football article to the Cougars ... you know Washington State is picking up media steam on a national scale.

Remember the stretch not so long ago when the Huskies and Cougs would head into the regular season finale without a bowl bid on the line?  And every Tom, Dick and Harry in the media from outside the state, and some in the state too, would take their best (albeit creatively lacking) shots at the institution known as the Apple Cup? 

You could always count on lost of "Crapple Cup" and "Toilet Bowl" references the week before the game. 

Not any longer.

If things stay the course, the national recognition and interest for one of the top rivalry games in the nation will only continue to grow louder, like the crowd witnessing RB Gerard Wicks breaking into the open field (pictured above).

The Washington Post knows.

6. COUNTDOWN TO THE APPLE CUP. That would be 32 days away in Pullman, Wash., where Washington (7-0, 4-0 in the Pacific-12) will play Washington State (5-2, 4-0) with potential national implications amid the wheat and legumes of the Palouse. Glory might just be.

Also drawing the newspaper's interest was the postgame handshake this past Saturday between Mike Leach and Todd Graham.

22. A POSTGAME CHAT. On Saturday night, a losing Arizona State Coach Todd Graham accused Washington State Coach Mike Leach of being “chicken—-” when Leach had told the media about his belief that Arizona State had been a signals-stealer. Actually, if you say such things out loud, it might be a problem, but “chicken—-” is probably the wrong word, as it’s probably something north of “chicken—-.”

Here's the full Washington Post article.

First things first, though.  Washington State at Oregon State on Saturday night (7:45 pm, ESPN 2). The Cougs are a 14-point favorite.

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