Monday was once again press conference day at WSU with Mike Leach and four players meeting with the media. There was some discussion of the win against California with the group also looking ahead to Oregon State. There were also some talk about breeds of dogs and Toni Pole playing soccer ... no really 6-foot-1 300-pound Toni Pole played soccer growing up.
Cougars need to forget about last year - Spokesman.com - Oct. 7, 2013
PULLMAN – If you thought the Stanford game was rough for Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, go back and watch last year’s game against Oregon State.
There will be a lot of work for the Oregon State defensive backs on Saturday.
Washington State leads the series 48-46-2, but it has dropped five of the last six games, including the past two. The Beavers won 19-6 last year.
9. Washington State: The Cougars' win at California gave them firm separation from the bottom fourth of the conference. A win over the Beavers would push them into the middle. It hasn't been legitimate to speculate about that since 2007.
- No. 48 Washington State (No. 64). Ironically, Washington State's push into the Pac-12 conversation has come thanks largely to a stingy defense and not the Leach-branded offense though the Cougars' aerial attack did show up in Saturday's win against California.
What it means for WSU: It feels like this could be the year for the Cougars after a 44-22 road win against Cal. WSU has already shown that it can take care of business against a bad Pac-12 team, now it needs to prove it can do it against a mid-tier conference opponent. If the Cougars are going to finally cross the barrier and become a bowl team then this is a game they need to win. While WSU is much improved, the Pac-12 will be especially difficult to navigate this season.
Washington State returns to Martin Stadium to host Oregon State for a Pac-12 Conference match up Saturday night during WSU’s Dad’s Weekend. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2/ESPNU.
PULLMAN – The past two Saturdays couldn’t have been more different for the Washington State football team.