Good morning Coug fans, and welcome to COUGAR FOOTBALL SATURDAY! This is annually a top-5 best day of the year. Your Washington State Cougars welcome the independent New Mexico State Aggies to Martin Stadium to open the 2019 season. It’s still August, and I won’t remind you what happened the last time WSU played in August. Look it up.
Anyway, there’s a ton of excitement heading into the season, what with last year’s 11-2 record and all. The Cougs return a solid core, including a stacked offense. They’ll be using their third starting quarterback in as many years, but Anthony Gordon has a ton of fans on his side who can’t wait for him to write his own story—and what a story it is already.
We’ve previewed the season and the game. Here’s a reminder of what you might want to re-read:
- Anthony Gordon is your most important player.
- WSU won’t be the only team running a version of the Air Raid tonight.
- Here’s everything and more that you need to know about the Aggies.
- Podcast vs. Everyone previewed the Aggies, too.
- The CougCenter Hour also previewed the game, this time with New Mexico State play-by-play guy Jack Nixon.
By the time you read this, there may be more, so get up to date!
OK, now that you know everything there is to know about tonight’s season opener, let’s get to this season’s first official bold predictions.
Three Bold Predictions
- Mike Leach will use one of those student-designed plays, and it will go for a first down.
- Clay Markoff will score a touchdown on a run of at least eight yards.
- The game will end no sooner than 11 p.m.
You remember those student-designed plays, right? Jesse evaluated them and it would surprise nobody if Leach used one or more this season. Leach debuted Big Gulp Left in last season’s opener at Wyoming, so it’s not out of the question, for sure. Which one will it be, though?
As for Markoff? The one-time fullback is suddenly finding himself in line for some decent duty. He’s slimmed down, so it wouldn’t be as cool as seeing the fullback-sized version of Markoff score from eight or more yards out, but it’s still a cool story nonetheless. Walk-ons rule.
In Jesse’s Coach’s Corner, he mentioned that fans should expect a lot of passing tonight, which means the game could go long. That’s bad enough for those who have to drive a certain distance from Pullman after the game, but possibly worse for those in later time zones. We should be used to this by now.
We made it to another football season, everybody. Let’s have a good one.
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