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Good morning Cougar fans, and welcome to another Cougar Football Saturday. It’s Homecoming in Pullman, so welcome back to any alums visiting for the first time in a long time.

The last time we saw our Washington State Cougars, were were lamenting a tough loss to the USC Trojans. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the Utah Utes.

The Utes come in at 2-1 and are coming off a bye. They are first in the nation in total defense, allowing just 204.7 yards per game. That’s through just three games, remember. Still, very good.

The Utes also own the nation’s top passing defense and have allowed just 93 yards per game through three games. That’s important to know given WSU’s Air Raid attack. Gardner Minshew II and company are up against a tough defense, but it’s a defense that will be missing Leki Fotu due to his targeting penalty in the second half against the Washington Huskies two weeks ago (there was another player ejected for targeting, but that came in the first half).

On the other side of the ball, Utah’s offense leaves a lot to be desired. The Utes are no. 76 nationally in total offense and second-year offensive coordinator Troy Taylor hasn’t quite lived up to expectations yet.

Who knows, maybe WSU will force seven turnovers again. We’ll see.

Three Bold Predictions

I’m still winless in these bold predictions and if I get one right this season, I’ll be happy. I missed out last week because the schedule threw me off. Oh well. Here are this week’s picks:

  1. Gardner Minshew II will throw five touchdown passes.
  2. Utah will attempt a fake punt but it will fail.
  3. Utah will not score an offensive touchdown.

If Minshew throws five touchdown passes against this defense, put him on a Dusty grain silo.

Is this the week one of these bold predictions comes true? Probably not!

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Volleyball

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