Boy, what a difference a win makes. The Washington State Cougars’ dominating win over the Colorado Buffaloes last weekend in the rain sure made things easier for Coug fans this week, didn’t it? Instead of lamenting a potential lost season, we have all sorts of good feelings.
Those positive vibes will continue if Wazzu pulls the upset in Eugene tonight. They’re about two touchdown underdogs, but as we explained yesterday, that hasn’t stopped WSU from coming away with a win at Autzen before. This year’s Ducks aren’t the Ducks of 2015-2018, as Craig pointed out in his preview, but anything can happen when a group of college kids get together to play a football game.
Will we see an upset? It’s a tall task, but if we do, it’ll probably be because the Cougar defense limits Oregon’s explosive and chunk plays. You can also listen to previews from The CougCenter Hour and Podcast vs. Everybody.
Washington State comes in at 4-3, two wins away from bowl eligibility. The Ducks are 6-1 and ranked no. 11 in the nation. They’re coming off an emotional win at Washington. Both teams are feeling pretty good. Let’s go.
Three Bold Predictions
Before getting to this week’s predictions, allow me to pat myself on the back for last week:
The ESPNU broadcast team mentions Max Borghi leaving Colorado to come to Pullman no less than five times. I’m counting on viewers at home keeping track. Oh, and Borghi goes for at least 120 yards and two total TDs.
Brandon Arconado goes for no less than 140 yards and three touchdowns in his return from injury, and he is named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. We need you, Brandon.
Davontavean Martin, after recording zero stats last week and only one catch for four yards against Utah, roars back with two touchdowns on at least eight catches.
I didn’t nail any of them right on the head, but I came awfully close.
I was freezing my butt off at the game so I didn’t hear what the announcers had to say, but how about the second part of that one? Yahtzee! Borghi went for 162 total yards and two TDs.
Arconado had 109 yards and a TD. I missed on the numbers but nailed the fact that he’d come up big in his return. Thank you very much.
And Tay Martin had one TD on four catches, half of what I predicted, so I get partial credit. He still had minus-6 yards receiving, and you can blame that on the pop pass/fly sweep/whatever you want to call it.
Let’s get to this week!
- WSU will score all of its points in the first and second quarters only.
- Max Borghi will hurdle a defender along the Oregon sideline and will proceed to ask Jim Mastro, “How do you like that?!?!”*
- Both teams return a kick for a touchdown, except Oregon will return two.
*Mastro was known to get on James Williams for hurdling guys. I know Borghi never played for Mastro, but Mastro did recruit him. And if Mastro is in the box and not the field, let’s go with Borghi picking up one of those phones and calling him to share his thoughts. That’d be awesome.
What do you see happening today?
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