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Let us rejoice and be glad.

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Game week is once again upon us. In less than seven days, the 2018 version of the Washington State Cougars football team will lift the lid in Laramie, Wyoming. Who will be behind center for the first snap? While Mike Leach has yet to announce it, for some reason, it’s a near certainty that Gardner Minshew will be the guy.

By the way, would anyone be surprised if this week’s depth chart listed “Gardner Minshew -or- Trey Tinsley -or- Anthony Gordon”? That would be straight out of the Leach playbook, and it still wouldn’t make a difference in Saturday’s result.

The Cougars will face the Wyoming Cowboys next week, and Wyoming has a game under its belt already. The Pokes defeated the New Mexico State Aggies Saturday night, 29-7, and judging by the statistics, it wasn’t that close. NMSU didn’t score until the 59th minute, and tallied only 135 total yards and seven first downs. Ghastly.

On offense, Wyoming averaged 5.5 yards per carry, and primary back Nico Evans had 190 yards rushing on just 24 carries. They didn’t need to throw much, as quarterback Tyler Vander Waal attempted just 22 passes. The Cowboys also held the ball for a whopping 42:27.

So, does the result mean Wyoming is a really good team? Maybe. Did Wyoming open the season against a really terrible team? That appears likely. Either way, the Cougs have a tall task in front of them next Saturday. They’re playing an opening game, on the road, against a good team from the Mountain West. That hasn’t exactly been Mike Leach’s wheelhouse during his WSU tenure.

Either way, we’re less than a week from real live Cougar Football. Hip hip, hooray!

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