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WSU vs. Houston: Three bold predictions

What might happen tonight? Let’s take a guess. Plus, your gameday links.

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Welcome to Cougar Football Saturday Friday, whose existence throws off the routine of the CougCenter writers in much the same way it throws off the routine of the Washington State Cougars.

OK, fine, that’s overstating it — playing a game on Friday just means that I get the honor of writing the gameday links post. It also means that Kevin is robbed of the ability to post his three bold predictions for this one.

So, I’m going to take the mantle. The burden is heavy, but I’ll try and do it justice.

  1. Anthony Gordon will set the program record for touchdown passes in a game with eight.
  2. WSU will have three fourth down stops of the Houston Cougars.
  3. Deon McIntosh will lead WSU in rushing yards.

Before we get to everyone else’s gameday stories, here’s a list of our various preview items, in case you missed any of them this week:

How to watch No. 20 WSU vs. Houston: Game time, TV schedule and more - CougCenter
WSU travels to Houston in a matchup of offensive-minded teams.

No. 20 WSU vs. Houston football: Cougs vs. Coogs preview - CougCenter
It’s the Cougars and the Cougars in Houston.

WSU podcast: Houston Coguars preview with Sam Razz of Scott and Holman Pawdcast - CougCenter
Plus, a rant on a particular topic we actually wish we’d had a show last week for!

Podcast Vs. Everyone: Previewing WSU vs. Houston - CougCenter
Should we be terrified of the Coogs or nah?

Coach’s Corner: The Air Raid and RPO of the Houston Offense - CougCenter
Houston blends the Air Raid with RPO concepts.

WSU reveals uniform combo vs. Houston Cougars - CougCenter
It’s a new combination we haven’t seen before.

WSU’s defense is the key to beating the Houston Cougars - CougCenter

Tracing Houston’s ‘Cougar’ nickname back to its Pullman origin - CougCenter
Yes, the Houston "Coogs" are indeed named after the Washington State "Cougs".

In a less bold prediction, I predict that I’m going to have a very difficult time focusing on my job today. Even though these Friday games have become relatively commonplace, it’s still weird. On to the links!

WSU vs. Houston

College football preview: Houston vs. Washington State -
A look ahead to Friday's game against Washington State at NRG Stadium.

Dana Holgorsen, UH know what to expect from Washington State’s ‘Air Raid’ -
Mike Leach’s offense hasn’t changed but that doesn’t make it any easier to stop, especially for a Houston defense that has struggled.

Houston vs. No. 20 Washington State: Five things to watch -
Five things to watch as Houston meets No. 20 Washington State Friday night.

Suspended UH safety Jordan Moore reinstated to team -
Houston safety Jordan Moore has been reinstated to the team, a school spokesman said Thursday.

What to watch for when No. 20 Washington State plays at Houston, plus prediction | The Seattle Times
Washington State faces its first real test when it plays at Houston on Friday night in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

No. 20 WSU Cougars ready to find out what they’re made of in Friday’s test at Houston | The Seattle Times
The Cougars are 2-0, but are still a bit of a question mark with the wins coming against overmatched teams. WSU will get a chance to prove itself in a...

Two-minute drill: Keys to victory for No. 20 Washington State against Houston | The Spokesman-Review
The keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Houston on Friday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Enough about Dana Holgorsen and Mike Leach, Washington State-Houston could come down to defensive coordinators | The Spokesman-Review
While much of the pregame buzz around WSU (2-0) vs. Houston (1-1) in the Advocare Texas Kickoff (6:15 p.m. PT, ESPN) has focused on the relationship between Mike Leach and Dana Holgorsen, the final score could be determined by how well each coach’s defensive coordinator has prepared.

The pick: Why Washington State will beat Houston | The Spokesman-Review
Why Washington State will beat Houston on Friday night at NRG Stadium.

College Football Week 3 Fades - Don't Bet These Games! -
(20) Washington State Cougars at Houston Cougars

5 NFL draft prospects to watch in Week 3 of college football - Yahoo! Sports
Washington State QB Anthony Gordon at Houston. In the week where a former Mike Leach protege is getting his chance to start in the NFL as a rookie, we turn our attention to the man who replaced Gardner Minshew as the 20th-ranked Cougars’ starting QB.

P6 Pick’em: Houston looks to restore NRG magic - Underdog Dynasty
The Coogs pulled off a huge upset in NRG Stadium back in 2016, and they look to do it again Friday.

No. 20 Washington St visits Houston in Air Raid reunion | Region |
Dana Holgorsen's first impression of Mike Leach dates all the way back to the early 1990s.

After going 0-for-Friday last year, Cougars to try again | Sports |
In games played between Saturday and Thursday, Washington State went undefeated last year. But that’s not how Max Borghi wants to look at things as his team prepares for its

Anthony Gordon explains why he didn't transfer from WSU while lost in QB shuffle |
KREM 2's Brenna Greene spoke one-on-one to the WSU quarterback after the Northern Colorado game.

Washington State vs. Houston Predictions and Spread (CFB Picks - Sep 13)
2019 Washington State Cougars vs. Houston Cougars Week 3 of the NCAAF regular season gets underway on Friday night with a trio of games. The featured contest is the last of the evening to get underway. The Washington State Cougars will be under the bright lights at NRG Stadium for a meeting with the Houston Cougars.

Everything Else

Pac-12 Announces Men’s Basketball Conference and Television Schedule - Washington State University Athletics
The Cougars open conference play Jan. 2 at home to finish off a month-long home stand.

Washington State men’s basketball will open Pac-12 slate at home against USC, UCLA | The Spokesman-Review
The Cougars, led by first-year coach Kyle Smith, will also appear on Pac-12 Networks 20 times over the course of the season – including 12 times in conference play.

Photos: Photos: Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew ... and his mustache - The Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL

UCLA football mailbag: Is Chip Kelly on the Mike Leach timeline? – Daily News
How similar is this situation to the one Mike Leach was in for three-four years at WSU?

WSU Ready to Roll at Cougar Classic - Washington State University Athletics
Colfax Golf Club set to host WSU once again this Friday.

Volleyball Back in Bohler Gym - Washington State University Athletics
WSU set to host the Cougar Challenge this weekend.

Home Tournament Awaits - Washington State University Athletics
The #13 Cougars host Michigan and LMU in the Cougar Cup.

Collins Takes Top Honors - Washington State University Athletics
The Coug midfielder earned the first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award for WSU.