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Finally!

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It’s finally here.

After an off-season we hope will never repeat itself, it’s time for our Washington State Cougars to play an actual football game against a real opponent in the Wyoming Cowboys. It’s been a long wait.

If you haven’t already, be sure to get caught up with all of our coverage, both leading up to today’s game and leading up to this season:

Damn, that’s a lot of good #content.

There’s a different feeling heading into this season compared to the past two. New faces on the sideline and between the lines makes for some uneasiness, but the excitement is still there for me, and I hope it is for you.

It’s difficult to project this team because we don’t know what exactly we’re getting at a lot of positions. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions from yours truly. Maybe I’ll do this each week, and maybe I’ll be right at least once:

  1. WSU will miss two field goals
  2. WSU will allow at least one rushing play of more than 50 yards
  3. Wyoming will muff a punt

Two out of three are awfully pessimistic, but remember: I have Wyoming winning this game and WSU winning only five games all seasons. I hope I’m wrong!

(As an aside, here is where I remind you that I said WSU would #drop70 on Cal last year. Nope!)

Despite my low expectations, I’ll still be by the TV or in Martin Stadium for each game this season, tailgating all day, as is tradition. Cougar football Saturdays are more than the game for me—the tailgating, the fellowship, watching College GameDay, the drive to Pullman, a stop at the field house—all of it combines for some of my favorite weekends of each year.

Go Cougs.

Football

Retooled, reloaded Washington State Cougars brace for season opener against Wyoming | The Spokesman-Review
In all likelihood, a football game played between Wyoming and Washington State in 2017 would’ve been more appealing from a promotional standpoint, would’ve come with a different level of fanfare and, no doubt, would’ve brought a larger crowd of NFL scouts to the press box at War Memorial Stadium.

Two minute drill: Keys to victory for Washington State against Wyoming | The Spokesman-Review
Keys to a potential Washington State victory Saturday against Wyoming at War Memorial Stadium.

5 keys for WSU vs. Wyoming | CougFan.com
Wyoming's best plays come off defensive mistakes.

Ranking WSU's 2018 schedule from easiest to hardest matchup | CougFan.com
Whether at home or on the road, challenge abounds.

College Football

Jake Fromm, Tua Tagovailoa just the beginning for freshman QBs | SI.com
Jake Fromm and Tua Tagovailoa have laid out the present-day blueprint for what true freshmen QBs can do, and more and more teams are willing to roll the dice.

The fourteen teams that can win the College Football Playoff
ESPN Analytics has identified 19 teams that have at least a 1 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff this season, and of those only 14 have a chance to win it.

Meet the Clemson student who's trying to beat ... Clemson | ESPN.com
Harris Roberts plays QB for Furman and attends classes at Clemson. The schools play each other on Saturday.

College football schedule, games 2018: What to watch in Week 1, TV kickoff times - CBSSports.com
The first full Saturday of the college football season is loaded with intriguing matchups

‘It’s like stealing’: After 25 years of GameDay on the road, Lee Corso is still having the time of his life – The Athletic
A staple of ESPN’s Saturdays, 83-year-old Corso reflects on a dream job, headgear picks and more than 60 years in college football.

Soccer

Second Half Surge Wins It for No. 18 Washington State - Washington State University
Two unanswered goals turned the tides for the Cougars in Nebraska.

Volleyball

Volleyball Blocks Its Way Past No. 17 Northern Iowa - Washington State University
Behind a nearly impenetrable block, the Washington State volleyball team upset No. 17 Northern Iowa, 3-1, Friday night on the road in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Baseball

Ian Hamilton Called Up to Chicago White Sox - Washington State University
Former Washington State pitcher Ian Hamilton was called up to the big leagues by the Chicago White Sox, the club announced Friday.