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Three bold predictions for WSU vs. Colorado

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All Borghi, all day.

NCAA Football: California at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Coug fans. Your Washington State Cougars bring their 8-1 record to Boulder, Colo. to face the Colorado Buffaloes, a team with a lengthy injured list and a lengthy losing streak. The Buffs last won on Oct. 6, or before we even knew WSU was hosting College GameDay, if that’s how you like to measure time.

The Cougs, meanwhile, are coming off a last-minute win over Cal and sit at no. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Every game is big from here on out if the Cougs want to have a (slim) chance at the playoff.

Remember, here is a good guide to who you should be rooting for today.

As you probably know by now it’s a homecoming for running back Max Borghi, or should I say Massimiliano Borghi. I strongly recommend you take some time to read this profile from The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson. You’ll learn a lot about the Cougs’ true freshman.

Since Borghi will have a large cheering section today, I went ahead and made all of my bold predictions Borghi-themed.

Three bold predictions

  1. Borghi will score four touchdowns but none of them will come by the WSU cheering section.
  2. ESPN’s Brock Huard will refer to Borghi as “Massimiliano” exactly five times.
  3. ESPN’s cameras will pan to Borghi’s family exactly three times and will mention that Borghi was once committed to Colorado at least twice during those family shots.

It would only be fitting that Borghi had a huge day in his home state and against the school he was once committed to. Colorado has given up more than 40 points in its last two losses and is missing some guys on defense. Let’s have a day, Massimiliano.

Football

Washington State running back Max Borghi returns to state where he fell in love with football | The Spokesman-Review
If Max Borghi told you he was a third- or fourth-generation running back, you’d have no choice but to believe it – and yet it wouldn’t be any further from the truth.

Washington State-Colorado game to feature two teams with contrasting styles: one that can close and one that can’t | The Spokesman-Review
WSU (8-1, 5-1), ranked No. 10 in the AP Top 25 and No. 8 in the College Football Playoff ranking, is off to its best start since 2002 and will be gunning for its sixth consecutive win at Folsom Field. Colorado (5-4, 2-4) is carrying a different sort of streak into Saturday’s contest and has to snap out of a four-game skid to finally become bowl eligible.

Two minute drill: Keys to victory for Washington State against Colorado | The Spokesman-Review
Keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Colorado Saturday at Folsom Field.

#FanIndex: Washington State has the best mascot in college football | ForTheWin
Butch T. Cougar was voted the best mascot in the nation by #FanIndex voters.

College Football

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College football schedule, games 2018: What to watch in Week 11, TV channels, kickoff times - CBSSports.com
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Ohio State Buckeyes, Clemson Tigers simply can’t lose this weekend | ESPN.com
The margin for error is very slim for the likes of Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia this weekend.

Football star shot after chasing alleged assailant thriving on field again | ESPN.com
Kyle Richard was shot twice after intervening in an alleged attempted sexual assault. He has come back as a key part of his 7-2 Cortland team. Here’s his story.

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Outside the Lines requested data from Power 5 schools about the number of sexual misconduct claims against students and student-athletes. Here are the results of that request.

Texas Tech vs. Texas: Michael Crabtree’s legendary TD, explained - SBNation.com
Graham Harrell breaks down the pass that shocked the Longhorns.

Soccer

The WSU soccer team had five different goal scorers and advanced in the NCAA Tournament:

Cross Country

Cougars Battle The West at NCAA Regional - Washington State University
The Washington State Cross Country programs competed in the 2018 NCAA West Regional Friday at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, where the WSU women placed 12th overall, and the men took home seventh.