The Washington State Cougars travel south for what has been called the Texas Kickoff Classic against the Houston Cougars on Friday night. The game pits WSU head coach Mike Leach against his former assistant, UH head coach Dana Holgorsen.
Wazzu comes into the matchup 2-0 and averaging 58.5 points a game after blowout wins over New Mexico State and Northern Colorado. WSU quarterback Anthony Gordon has been a revelation in his first two starts, putting up two 400-yard games and nine touchdowns despite giving up more than two quarters to backups.
Houston (1-1) will provide a much tougher out for Washington State, particularly on offense. The Coogs (not the Cougs, as WSU likes to say) feature the explosive D’Eriq King at quarterback, who has started slowly in his only season under Holgorsen after posting 50 total touchdowns as a junior.
Be sure to check out our complete coverage of the WSU-Houston, including a breakdown of Houston’s offense, as well as an expansive statistical preview of UH. For WSU, we know the plan from defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will be paramount to winning the game. It’s also important to remember that Houston is the Cougars because of WSU.
With two good offenses, it’s sure to be a barn-burner worthy of a full moon on Friday the 13th.
Game time: 6:15 pm PT
TV Channel: ESPN
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