The No. 15 Washington State Cougars look to bounce back from a surprising loss at Cal when they host the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday night. WSU comes in at 6-1 overall, 3-1 in conference play, while Colorado (4-3, 1-3) is looking to grab its second-straight conference win after a narrow road victory over Oregon State last weekend.
Weather figures to play a factor in Pullman, as an “atmospheric river” will be making its way across Washington State and landing on the Palouse over the weekend. This means lots of rain on Saturday, with nearly a half an inch of precipitation expected on Saturday night. To make matters worse, especially for WSU’s Air Raid passing attack, 20 to 30 mph winds are on the docket, with 40 mph gusts possible.
That may mean a struggle for Wazzu quarterback Luke Falk, who is coming off one of the worst outings of his career. WSU’s vaunted three-headed running attack of Jamal Morrow, James Williams and Gerard Wicks may need to see more carries than usual to keep the Cougars offense moving.
If the ground game will be a decisive factor, then Colorado is well-equipped with one of the nation’s premier running backs in Phillip Lindsay. The senior is just five yards away from a 1,000-yard season and is averaging a robust 5.6 yards per carry while tallying 10 touchdowns.
Game time: 7:45 pm PT
TV channel: ESPN
Online stream: WatchESPN (log-in required)
Weather forecast: 45-50 degrees, wind and rain.