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Good morning Coug fans. Your Washington State Cougars have a chance to notch their 10th win of the season tonight. That would be the first time WSU has won 10 games since 2003. There are 15-year-olds who have never known a 10-win Cougar football team. Let’s hope that changes after tonight.

It’ll be a cold one in Martin Stadium, and while all week we’ve heard pleas for students to stick around, don’t expect the adult fans to show up in waves, either. At last glance, there were still a ton of tickets unsold. A 7:30 p.m. kickoff with cold temps a week before the Apple Cup is a recipe for a smaller crowd.

But enough about who won’t be there. Let’s talk about who will be. That would be Mike Leach and the Cougs welcoming Kevin Sumlin and the Arizona Wildcats. Sumlin returns to the place he got his coaching career started and the place he could have got his head coaching career started. Alas, the job went to Paul Wulff.

The last time the Wildcats visited Pullman, they got a nice whipping, 69-7. The last time the two teams played, it was the Wildcats providing the whipping. These are two different teams this year, but many of the characters are the same. Khalil Tate 2.0 is behind center for Arizona and Mr. Mustache Gardner Minshew II is leading Wazzu.

The Cougs can clinch the North tonight with a win and an Oregon State win over UW (so, yeah). A loss does not disqualify WSU from winning the Pac-12 North. The Apple Cup will likely decide that. Again.

With that, let’s get to some futile predictions:

Three Bold Predictions

  1. Kahlil Tate will finish with negative rushing yards.
  2. Gardner Minshew will throw for more than 500 yards.
  3. Willie Taylor will redeem himself and score a pick-six.

That first one might be a unicorn, but Tate isn’t deployed the same way as he was last season.

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