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WSU's 2015 football season has arrived with opener vs. PSU here

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in 281 days, Washington State will play a meaningful football game. That gap is larger than many teams because WSU's 2014 season ended without a bowl appearance. The first step to shortening that gap next year starts today with the Cougars hosting Portland State in the season opener.

Mike Leach brought a "win one game a week" mantra to Pullman and that's exactly what WSU will have the opportunity to do on Saturday in Martin Stadium. They could earn some style points along the way -- or have some head scratching moments -- but the ultimate goal is a 1-0 start. It's also something that should happen and happen fairly easily if WSU fires on all cylinders.

A season opener against an FCS opponent may not seem like the most exciting game in the world, but it's the chance for WSU to start off on the right foot, a chance the Cougars desperately need. The 3-9 season has been stuck in everyone's head for the last 281 days. You know the quickest way to erase that memory? Hang a 60-burger on the Vikings.

Football is back. Cougar football is back. The new season starts today, prepare your scoreboards ... and your livers.



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