Washington State takes on Arizona State in Tempe at 10 AM PST, broadcast on PAC-12 Network. Breakfast beers for everyone!
The Cougs don't really ever win in Tempe, the last time being in 2001, but the play of RS Freshman Luke Falk is giving Wazzu fans a little bit of optimism heading into the game. This will be the second ranked team from the South the Cougs will play on the road, last beating Utah in Salt Lake City with an improbable comeback.
WSU gets stud wide-out River Cracraft back, who will share time at inside receiver (Y) with Tyler Baker. Cornerback Daquawn Brown must sit the first half, after a clean hit in the second half against OSU was judged to be targeting by the officials. Last week the Beavers were able to counter the blitz-heavy Sun Devils with an uncharacteristically strong run game. Expect Wazzu to work into the blitz with their short passing game. Yards after the catch will be huge for the team's success, as Falk might have to move around and buy time for himself if he wants to attack downfield.
ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly has slowly returned after suffering an injury earlier in the season. The offensive production has lagged recently, and the Sun Devils are expecting much more with Kelly getting healthier every week. Wide reciever Jaelen Strong is their biggest offensive weapon, and is still questionable after a possible concussion against OSU.
Can WSU win in Tempe? Can Luke Falk continue to impress the hell out of everybody?
To the comments!
EDIT: Jaelen Strong and Jordan Simone are both expected to play for ASU