If the WSU Cougars are going to continue to remain undefeated in the Pac-12, they’re going to have to do something they don’t usually do: Play well on the road against the Arizona State Sun Devils.
These Cougs (4-2 overall, 3-0 Pac-12) haven’t had a lot of trouble putting together good performances away from Martin Stadium under Mike Leach, but for whatever reason, Tempe has been a bugaboo location for WSU, which has lost seven in a row at ASU. The Cougars last won there in 2001.
That includes a 52-31 loss in 2014 when Luke Falk made his second start in relief of the injured Connor Halliday. It was a rough day for Falk, who threw four interceptions as the game got out of hand.
However, he also put up 601 yards passing that day (it still stands as the most prolific passing day of his career), and when you add in the 497 yards he threw for against ASU last year ... let’s just say the pristine passing conditions and the Sun Devil defense might be just what the doctor ordered for the Air Raid to have a field day.
The Sun Devils, meanwhile, come into the game at 5-2 (2-2), but there’s a sense that ASU might not be as good as the record would normally indicate. Their quarterback is hobbled, their rushing attack has been anemic, and the defense has been pretty atrocious against quality offenses — especially those that can throw it well.
Perhaps that’s why Las Vegas isn’t nearly as skeptical of this matchup as Cougar fans are — WSU is roughly a touchdown favorite in most venues.
Game time: 7 p.m. PT
TV channel: Pac-12 Network
Online stream: Pac-12.com (log-in required)
Radio feed: Washington State IMG Sports Network