It’s Gardner Minshew’s last ride. It’s Peyton Pelluer’s final stand. Those are just a couple of the many WSU seniors that will be playing for the Cougs one last time when they face Iowa State at the Alamo Bowl on Friday night (6 pm PT, ESPN and streaming on WatchESPN or the ESPN app).
The Cougs were supposed to be rebuilding this year, but the addition of Minshew via graduate transfer and the sixth year of eligibility grated to Pelluer supercharged the program, leading to a No. 13 ranking and a 10-2 record. The Cougs were snubbed from the major bowls, but this group doesn’t seem set for a letdown.
Iowa State has been a giant killer this season, and its defense in particular will present a challenge to WSU’s Air Raid offense. The good news for WSU is that is the game will be nestled safely in the confines of dome, away from the elements that wreaked havoc on the passing game in a disappointing Apple Cup loss.
Cyclone fans are certainly excited, as they have flooded San Antonio and greatly outnumbered the Cougs. Will that matter? Well, in 2016 Coug fans dwarfed Minnesota fans at the Holiday Bowl San Diego, taking over the Gaslamp District on an epic bar crawl. That didn’t matter, as the Golden Gophers shut down WSU on the way to an ugly win.
Will WSU show up in its bowl this year? With Minshew leading the way, it seems likely. Should be a hard-fought matchup with Iowa State.