Here is staff writer Jacob Thorpe’s first look at Saturday’s game between Oregon State and Washington State.
What is it: Washington State (5-2, 4-0 Pac-12) can become bowl eligible and extend its winning streak to six games this weekend against struggling Oregon State (2-5, 1-3).
Where is it: Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.
When is it: Brew a pot of coffee before this one. WSU has its latest kickoff yet in a season full of night games, with the game slated to start at 7:45 p.m.
What channel: The game will broadcast on ESPN2.
Who is favored: The Cougars by 13.5 points.
Why WSU will win: OSU is not very good and the Cougars have figured out the winning formula, and remain undefeated in Pac-12 play.
Why OSU will win: Before last week’s blowout at Washington, the Beavers strung together a pair of respectable games, beating California and losing to Utah by less than a touchdown.
What happened last time: WSU pasted OSU, 52-31, scoring 45 points in the first half.