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Cougs ride historic streak into Boulder

Only once before have the Cougs won 8 games a row in a season.

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Washington State travels to Colorado this week to play an important game of football. While many fan are looking forward to an Apple Cup with huge implications, this matchup with Buffs cannot be overlooked. Saturday's game is the biggest for the football program since the 2003 season.

WSU has played many of the nation's finest teams in the last 13 years, but this week's showdown will be the first time that they will be playing in a game between ranked teams since George W. Bush's first term. The Cougs played three ranked games in 2003, and the biggest came in November when the sixth ranked Cougars traveled to no. 3 USC and fell 43-17, dashing their Rose Bowl hopes.

There are other historical angles in play too, as the Cougs have the opportunity to match a program high nine game winning streak. Only once has that feat been achieved, in 1930. Over the years quite a few teams (2002, 2001 and 1997 recently) have put together seven game winning streaks, but the current streak has put Luke Falk & Co. in special company.

Babe Hollingbery's team started the 1930 season with with nine straight wins before falling to undefeated Alabama in the Rose Bowl. Of course this 2016 rendition of Cougar football is the closest thing to ever get to that historic season 86 years ago. What possibly could be more Mike Leach than having, potentially, the hottest Wazzu team ever directly after losing to Eastern Washington and Boise St.



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