The Washington State Cougars narrowly missed grabbing control of the Pac-12 North last week against Stanford, but another goal is within grasp against Arizona State on Saturday: Bowl eligibility. That doesn't seem like a lofty target for a team sitting at 5-3, but for a school that has been to just one bowl game since 2003, grabbing that sixth win is always a big deal.
WSU hasn't beat Arizona State since 2011, a stunning win that included a breakout performance from freshman Connor Halliday. Since that game, the Sun Devils have rolled over the Cougs in 46-7, 55-21 and 51-31 routs.
But this year the teams appear to be much more evenly matched. They've come to that point from different directions. WSU has shown steady improvement since an opening season loss, while Arizona State has looked both terrible and pretty good, randomly.
Both are coming off a heartbreaking defeat. The Cougs were a field goal away from a major upset, while Arizona State saw a late lead wilt against Oregon before losing in overtime on a goal-line interception.
Who will bounce back best and come away with a big win? There will be a sold-out Martin Stadium there to witness the answer to that question.
Game time: 12:30 p.m. PT
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