- The pick: Why Washington State will beat Stanford
- Washington State, Stanford differ in scheme, but carry similar objectives into final stretch of season
- Two-minute drill: Keys to victory for Washington State against Stanford
- Urgency at the center of everything for Washington State in final three games
Follow along here as the Washington State Cougars host the Stanford Cardinal. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30.
It’s almost impossible to guess what either of these teams will do once a football is kicked into the air, but the Cougars have gone 16-2 in their past 18 homes games against opponents other than Washington and while they’ve gone through a fair deal of turbulence, it still doesn’t match what the Cardinal have endured this season.
Three weeks ago, after Washington State wrapped up a Wednesday practice at Rogers Field, Cougars coach Mike Leach talked tight ends, his philosophy on them and why you’re probably more apt to see a palm tree in Pullman than you are a tight end in Leach’s vaunted Air Raid offense.
The keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Stanford Saturday at Martin Stadium.
Those who’ve kept up with Washington State’s efforts on the recruiting trail during the Mike Leach era may recall the team’s pursuit of a small, swift linebacker from Helix High School in San Diego five years ago, while Alex Grinch and Roy Manning were working diligently to build a defense that placed a premium on speed rather than size
CougCenter reported Thursday the Cougar Athletic Fund has received a donation of $2 million from alums Scott and Lisa Taylor that will go to the construction of an indoor practice facility, the next capital project on WSU’s shortlist after the school recently broke ground on a facility for the baseball program.
Two days after The Spokesman-Review learned backup linebacker Fa’avae Fa’avae chose to leave the team and enter the NCAA transfer portal, a school official confirmed that defensive back Daniel Isom, a seven-game starter for the Cougars this fall, has been dismissed with three weeks left in the regular season.
Liam Ryan’s penalties, and the regularity at which they’ve happened, have drawn the ire of those watching from home this season. WSU’s new left tackle has been the most penalized player on the most penalized team in the conference, absorbing 15 flags through nine games and one in every game with the exception of the season opener against NMSU.
In this week’s mailbag, we look back at a 33-20 loss to the Golden Bears and why a couple of Pac-12 teams pose bigger defensive problems to the Cougars than others. We also tackle Leach-to-Arkansas rumors, evaluate Anthony Gordon and spend a second or two on the officiating blunder heard round the conference.
Anthony Gordon, who’s still the nation’s leading passer at 3,794 yards, made the semifinalist cut for the award given annually to the top quarterback in college football, joining 15 other players from around the country and two others in the Pac-12 Conference.
The Cougars, who sit at 4-5 overall and 1-5 in Pac-12 play, haven’t given themselves much of a buffer when it comes to postseason eligibility and they now require wins in two of their final three games to clinch a bowl berth for a fifth straight year.
The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson picks Week 12 of the Pac-12 Conference football season.