Moments like this have been rare for Washington State in recent years. The term "big game" has generally been reserved for the Apple Cup, where fans are desperate to have any sort of good vibes going into the offseason. But this week, WSU's visit to Arizona (I p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) carries a lot of weight.
Now, I know many are hoping a win means a visit from College Gameday. But that's probably headed to Temple anyway. For the program, a win could mean another sign of improvement and real change. Getting to five wins with five to play would mean, for once, we aren't left scratching our heads trying to figure out how the Cougs can get to six wins. Instead, we would be left to ponder how good this team just might be, and how high its ceiling reaches.
A win would mean an absolutely amped stadium for WSU's biggest home game of the year on Halloween. A win would mean more fun, and that might be the most important thing. Winning is fun. I want more fun from WSU football.
And there's an opportunity for a win in Tuscon today. These teams are evenly matched, and both have offensive strengths that are designed to capitalize on the opposing defense's weaknesses. The Cougs can throw the ball all over the place if they want (and they want). Arizona can gash big plays on the ground against the WSU defense (it probably will).
There will be scoring, there will stress. But it's good to be stressed about WSU football again. Join us in the comments to talk about those nerves. Talking helps.