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No. 23 WSU vs. New Mexico State: Game thread (plus how to watch it)

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The Cougs look to start the season with a bang.

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Our long, long wait for the Washington State Cougars to again take the field is finally going to come to an end tonight when they host the New Mexico State Aggies in the 2019 opener at Martin Stadium.

The game is expected to be a blowout: The Cougars are 31-point favorites. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be moments of intrigue.

All eyes will be on WSU’s new starting quarterback, Anthony Gordon, who won a three-way battle for the job in fall camp over fellow redshirt senior Trey Tinsley and the man who many assumed would be the choice — Eastern Washington grad transfer Gage Gubrud.

But it was the strong-armed Gordon who won out, showing a command of the offense befitting a player who spent the last three years learning from a pair of highly successful Air Raid masters — Luke Falk and Gardner Minshew II. However, he only has five career passes to his name, a total he’ll likely exceed on the first drive.

Other areas fans will be watching closely? The play of WSU’s rebuilt secondary, which has three new starters on the back end; how the offensive line performs without first round NFL pick Andre Dillard; and just how many points the Cougars can score.

We covered the game extensively this week:

Here’s how to watch:

Game time: 7 pm PT

TV channel: Pac-12 Network

Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app on your favorite streaming device (log-in required)

Radio: WSU Learfield IMG Sports Network (TuneIn); OTA channel listings