With its formation featuring nine offensive linemen and grinding rushing attack, Stanford poses a unique challenge. WSU, however, plans to attack that challenge how it does any team. With its base defense.
The Cougars move players around the field and give offenses different looks, but they do it with their base personnel. It's rare to see WSU use a nickel corner and swapping between a 4-3 and 3-4 set is as simple as moving the BUCK linebacker to defensive end. Even with Stanford coming to town, the Cougars aren't planning to change what they do best.
Here were Mike Breske's comments on stopping Stanford's rushing attack:
(Do you add anything to combat those bigger packages?) "We're our base defense and we've been solid in that. W e'vejust got to work it and make sure our fits are exact and we've got to tackle very, very well. We've got to gang tackle this week.
Ken Wilson said more of the same:
(How do you combat a six or seven-OL look?) "We play our regular defense."
Our best vs. your best, let's see who wins. I guess we'll find out on Saturday.
Cougars hold final practice before Stanford - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 26, 2013
Washington State departs for Seattle tomorrow, then faces Stanford on Saturday at CenturyLink Field. It practiced for the final time this week at Martin Stadium earlier today. Here are some notes and quotes from that session.
Cougs need to pass physical test to win - Spokesman.com - Sept. 26, 2013
PULLMAN – He’s talking about the matchup between his offensive line and Washington State’s defensive line a year ago, and Stanford coach David Shaw says something he hasn’t said often during his two seasons in charge of the Cardinal.
Cougars’ Xavier Cooper succeeding on the field, in the classroom | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
When Xavier Cooper lines up for Washington State on Saturday night against Stanford, there will be a message cloaked in the mayhem: There are all sorts of paths that lead to such a big stage, from the high achievers on the Stanford side to a guy who took a challenging road to the WSU defensive line.
Cougars' Laufasa falls in love with game he once hated - Spokesman.com - Sept. 26, 2013
PULLMAN – Open the newspaper, John Laufasa told his children, and find an NFL game that interests you.
Stanford-Washington State Preview Capsule | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
Stanford's DL vs. Washington State's OL. Stanford manhandled the Cougars up front a year ago. The Cardinal set a school record with 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss in the 24-17 victory. The Cougars were limited to (minus)-18 yards rushing. Keeping QB Connor Halliday standing will be crucial if the Cougars are to hang around.
WSU landed another verbal commitment, this one from linebacker Chandler Leniu.
Rivals.com Football Recruiting - Leniu makes decision after visit
"That visit helped me a lot to make my decision," Leniu said. "I was really going to commit there before I went but it helped me boost that decision to commit there right away after my visit.
Football: Linebacker Chandler Leniu commits to Washington State - latimes.com
Standout linebacker Chandler Leniu of top-ranked St. John Bosco has committed to Washington State, Coach Jason Negro said.
Cougars and Ducks Draw in Eugene - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State and Oregon played to a 0-0 draw in the Pac-12 women’s soccer opener for both schools, Thursday night.