The Washington State Cougars host the Oregon State Beavers in their 2021 homecoming matchup — and in a distinct reversal of roles from recent history.
The Beavers are sitting alone on top of the Pac-12 North standings for the first time since the inception of the divisions, rolling into Pullman with decisive victories over USC and Washington. The Cougars, meanwhile, have struggled on the whole this season, but they’re coming off a 15-point win over Cal last weekend.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT, with the television broadcast set for Pac-12 Network, where Ted Robinson and Yogi Roth will be on the call. You also can stream the game online at Pac-12.com if you have a cable subscription to the TV channel.
OSU (4-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-12) brings a powerful rushing attack to the Palouse, employing a style that few teams attempt anymore. Their offense skews 60% rush attempts and is led by BJ Baylor, who has already amassed 532 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns in his five games. The Beavers compliment it with a passing attack that gets the most out of its limited volume with explosive plays.
WSU is still struggling mightily on offense — just 21 points and 4.4 yards per play last week — but there are signs that the defense might be up to the challenge of slowing the Beavers after allowing only 6 points to Cal last weekend. The run defense was stout, and it will likely have to take even another step forward today to contain OSU.
Looking for a more in depth preview? Here’s a little snippet of our preview podcast:
It's WSU-OSU preview time! @TheCraigPowers and I discussed what's happened to the offense since the last time these teams met.— Jeff, probably (@PodvsEveryone) October 8, 2021
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