The 2016 season has finally arrived, as the Washington State Cougars will host the Eastern Washington Eagles tonight at Martin Stadium with kickoff set for 5 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.
The Cougars enter the season sitting on the fringe of the top 25 polls after winning nine games a year ago, the program’s best season in a decade. The irony, of course, is that they experienced that success following a season-opening loss to FCS opponent Portland State.
That’s got some WSU fans pretty nervous about EWU, as the Eagles are ostensibly better than the Vikings were a year ago; Beau Baldwin’s offenses are usually explosive, and wide receiver Cooper Kupp is a monster who will be one of the best players on the field.
However, the Cougars should be better than they were 12 months ago. Quarterback Luke Falk embarks on his junior season with 12 more starts under his belt, and while the defense is replacing some key contributors up front, the Cougs aren’t implementing a new defense as they were last September.
If WSU is going to have the season everyone is hoping for, it’s got to start with a win over EWU tonight.
Game time: 5 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Note: The game will be on the national network, but if the previous game runs long, you’ll need to watch the beginning on the Washington regional channel or online)
Stream: Pac-12 Live (log-in required)
Radio feed: WSU IMG Sports Network on TuneIn