Washington State and Oregon are familiar foes. The matchup on Saturday will be the 85th time the two teams have played. The two have squared off every year since 1991. History has been made in some of the matchups including Rueben Mayes rushing for a then NCAA single-game record of 357 yards in 1984. Connor Halliday, you might remember, set a NCAA single-game record for pass attempts last season with 89.
More history could be made on Saturday, but before we get there, let's test to see how well you know the past.
A big day for backups - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 17, 2014
Washington State's depth is starting to catch up to the starters. Or maybe the backups just had a good day. Either way, Wednesday's WSU football practice saw some big plays from players you don't normally hear about.
Cougars treating No. 2 Oregon like any other foe
No. 2 Oregon is as high profile as a team gets but Washington State linebacker Cyrus Coen says he sees the high-flying Ducks as just another "faceless opponent."
How FEI and S+P see the game: Oregon at Washington State 2014 - Addicted To Quack
The opening Pac-12 matchup for Oregon goes to a persnickety foe. Oregon's going to almost certainly win, but WSU will give the Ducks fits as they usually do.
Mailbag: Washington State's defensive woes - ESPN
For Leach, there might be a slight, warm tingling sensation, but that’s about it. He’s already received an extension and he’s locked in. And I know WSU fans tend to take the pint-glass-half-empty approach to their team. But let’s not forget: It’s only his third season and he’s taken you to a bowl game. Things are better, relatively speaking.
The Oregon Ducks are set for their first road game of the season as they head north to Pullman this weekend to take on the Washington State Cougars. It has been no secret that the Oregon Defense has been vulnerable this season in both the passing game and running game in certain instances, however they clamped down when it was necessary to stop their opponents.
There is nothing unusual about the fact that the current Pac-12 leader in receptions and receiving yards plays for Washington State – the Cougars have attempted more passes than any other team in the country.
It’s a bit incongruous, because Washington State is a 1-2 football team looking to find itself against unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Oregon. But Ducks receivers need to be forewarned about the soundtrack that awaits them Saturday night.
Most days, the first part of Mike Leach's workday is spent knee-deep in a field of garbanzo beans.
Marcus do you think it would be fun to play in an offense like Washington State's... "To spin it around a little bit?" he interrupted. "Yeah, that seems like it would be a fun offense to play in. I think the receivers there probably have a lot of fun catching a lot of balls. Connor Halliday, when we talked at the Manning Camp, said he enjoys throwing it 60 times a game."
LAS VEGAS – Washington State got its first win -- and first cover -- of the year last week. The Oregon Ducks, meanwhile, are 3-0 straight up, but they've covered only their lowest spread, -14. This Pac-12 matchup kicks off late Saturday night (10:30 p.m., ESPN).