The WSU Cougars (2-6) welcome the USC Trojans (5-3) to Martin Stadium today for a game that will determine if the home team can keep hope alive for a second consecutive bowl appearance.
The Trojans might be under new leadership, as one-time Pete Carroll assistant Steve Sarkisian has made his way back to Los Angeles after five seasons at Washington, but it's unlikely the players who remain have forgotten last season's stunning upset at the hands of the Cougars, in which a pick six by Damante Horton and a late field goal by Andrew Furney provided the final margin.
Here's to hoping the Trojans don't remember it in the way that the Arizona Wildcats seemed to remember their own 2013 loss in last week's 59-37 Dad's Weekend drubbing.
Weather is threatening to be a factor, as rain has been in the forecast all week. At least one report suggests and 80 percent chance of rain at kickoff with temperatures in the mid-40s and winds around 10 mph. It's tough to say whom would benefit more from what potentially could be miserable conditions, but it's worth noting that the last time the Cougars played in rainy conditions, they overcame some early issues to capture one of their two victories.