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The pick: Why Washington State will beat Colorado

CU’s defense has been unsuccessful against offenses much less potent than WSU’s and the Cougars have proven to be a resilient team in tight games, while the Buffaloes have mostly backed away from those types of moments. It would’ve been easy to go with the Buffs in week one. It’s almost impossible now.

Washington State-Colorado game will feature teams with contrasting styles: one that can close, one that can’t

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

WSU (8-1, 5-1), ranked No. 10 in the AP Top 25 and No. 8 in the College Football Playoff ranking, is off to its best start since 2002 and will be gunning for its sixth consecutive win at Folsom Field. Colorado (5-4, 2-4) is carrying a different sort of streak into Saturday’s contest and has to snap out of a four-game skid to finally become bowl eligible.

Eastern Washington center Spencer Blackburn is a man beyond his years

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Eastern Washington center Spencer Blackburn, a three-year starter and team captain, has received much of his respect for his detail-oriented approach, his technique and preparation, the ability to spot an ensuing blitz, and an affinity for the weight room. He puts up to 540 pounds the squat rack.