The WSU Cougars take on the Arizona Wildcats today in Tucson at 11 a.m. PST on Pac-12 Networks in a critical matchup for both teams. Washington State is seeking to inch closer to bowl eligibility for the first time since 2003, while Arizona is attempting to keep whatever minuscule hopes it has for a Pac-12 South title alive.
It's been an amazingly weird three weeks for the Cougs, what with a Thursday game sandwiched around a pair of byes. This is the first Cougar Football Saturday in about a month, and it seems has been a palpable lack of excitement heading into today's game. In addition to the odd scheduling, I'm guessing that has a bit to do with the current three game losing streak, during which the team has been outscored by 86 points.
That excitement could change in a big way today with a win, which would move WSU within one solitary victory of a bowl game. This is one of the games on the schedule that most people marked down as "winnable," even though the Cougs are 11.5-point underdogs.
Other than the fact that the game is on the road, this seems to be a favorable matchup for WSU; Arizona loves to run the ball and has a quarterback of questionable throwing ability, precisely the sort of team against which WSU has had some success this year.
And with so little game action over the past three weeks, one has to imagine WSU probably is as healthy as it has been all season.
Can the Cougs pull it off? Discuss below as the game unfolds.