So, being a Montana State fan in addition to a Coug fan, I am always interested to see what the Sports Network has to say about the state of FCS football. In looking at Tim McDonnell's prediction for the Coug/ Eagle game, I couldn't help but come away, I don't know, mixed. A certain part of me says that he is seriously drinking some FCS Kool-Aid, although after reading comment after comment of even Coug fans thinking the wheels have already fallen off, it probably fits with the sentiment of most of the country.
I can honestly say as a true fan, and student, of CML's offense and Breske's defense (Oh yeah I remember Cat/ Griz 2011), that there is no question this team will go nuclear before long.
Anyway, here is the prediction. Enjoy (or go stick your head head in the ground, if you so choose):
No. 9 Eastern Washington Eagles (1-0) at Washington State Cougars (0-1), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Series record: Washington State leads, 2-0
Last meeting: Washington State 73, Eastern Washington 0 (1908)
What to know: In coach Beau Baldwin's Eastern Washington debut in 2008, the Eagles opened the season with a 49-24 loss to Texas Tech. In that game, quarterback Graham Harrell and wide receiver Michael Crabtree and the Red Raiders piled up 536 of its 639 yards of offense through the air. The relevance of that contest? Texas Tech was led by Mike Leach back then, and now for the second time, Baldwin faces another Leach-coached team as EWU visits Washington State.
In one of the most intriguing matchups in Week 2, Eastern Washington looks to take down two straight FBS opponents after last week's 20-3 win at Idaho. SMU transfer Kyle Padron was only 13-of-33 for 260 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. His production should improve with targets like Brandon Kaufman, Nicholas Edwards and Greg Herd becoming more comfortable with him. The Eagles defense had a huge game last week, allowing only 237 yards of total offense.
Leach's Cougars couldn't do anything offensively in a 30-6 loss at Brigham Young, which was surprisingly uncharacteristic. If Eastern Washington can get things started quickly on offense, expect the Eagles to have a legitimate shot a pulling one out in Pullman. The last time these teams met in 1908, Washington State won by 73. There's a good chance this one will be closer.
Prediction: Eastern Washington 28, Washington State 21