The Washington State Cougars kick off their 2018 season in Laramie when they face the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday afternoon. Wyoming’s season has already begun with an easy win over lowly New Mexico State.
That “Week 0” game should play to Wyoming’s advantage, as it has had a chance to work out the first-game kinks that often plague college teams. WSU is no stranger to that issue, winning just one of six openers under head coach Mike Leach. This opener is no easier, as the Cougs lost many key starters on both sides of the ball from the 2017 squad that finished 9-4.
Expectations are much lower this season, but a win over Wyoming on the road at elevation would go a long way toward a fourth-consecutive bowl appearance for Wazzu.
Of course, with WSU’s history under Leach, a loss might not mean much either. The 2015 and 2016 seasons began with losses to FCS schools, and the Cougs would go on to win 9 and 8 games respectively in those years. Breaking in a new quarterback and a defensive line that is devoid of size makes those results seem a little far-fetched for 2018.
But the good news is that by Saturday night, it won’t matter anymore what we think this particular WSU team can do — there will be actual results to judge them by and argue over.
Game time: 12:30 pm PT
TV channel: CBS Sports Network (Thanks, Mountain West — channel finder here)
Stream: CBS Sports Online (log-in required)
Radio: WSU IMG Sports Network (TuneIn)