Right now the Washington State Cougars are the North Division Leader with a record of 8-2 and 7-0 in conference (your in-conference record trumps your overall record).
The Cougars play Colorado in Colorado today. The Colorado Buffaloes are currently the Pac-12 South Leader with an 8-2 overall and 6-1 in-conference record. USC is right behind them (thanks to their win over the Huskies). I can imagine that's going to be a tough game for the Cougars.
There are four scenarios that could happen today.
- Huskies beat Arizona State, Cougars beat Colorado
- Huskies beat Arizona State, Cougars lose to Colorado
- Huskies lose to Arizona State, Cougars lose to Colorado
- Huskies lose to Arizona State, Cougars beat Colorado
I'm obviously hoping for #1 or #2. I've ran the numbers and in three of those scenarios (1, 2, and 3),
In #4, it doesn't matter, the Cougars will be the Pac-12 North Leader no matter who wins the Apple Cup, and go on to play in the Pac-12 Championship game December 2nd against the South Leader, who could be Colorado, USC, or perhaps even Utah. I don't think Stanford (7-3 overall, 5-3 in conference) has a chance to be the Pac-12 North Leader even in the case of #4.
So there is a 3/4ths chance that the Pac-12 North Leader comes down to the Apple Cup. But I think the Huskies will beat ASU, which means the Apple Cup is for all the marbles.
The Huskies' game is at 4:30 PM PST on Fox.
The Cougars' game is at 12:30 PM PST, also on Fox.