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The pick: Why Washington State will beat Arizona

Gardner Minshew should have plenty of chances to boost his Heisman Trophy resume against a mediocre Arizona pass defense and the Cougars should cruise into the Apple Cup on a seven-game win streak.

One important key for No. 8 Washington State this season? ‘We love each other, man’

WSU is getting more production out of the QB position than it did last year. The offensive line is allowing fewer than a sack a game. The receivers are a year older and better. The defensive numbers haven’t dipped, either, and many of them have done the opposite. But the most important part of the formula – cliché or not – could be team chemistry.

Cougars prepping for Arizona’s dual threat at QB

To get ready for Arizona’s offense, which leads the Pac-12 in scoring average at 41.7 points per game, the Washington State defense is preparing for the entire Wildcats offense, plus a little extra.

Wildcats strike

PULLMAN – For anyone who has ever wondered what would happen if one of college football’s best offenses matched up against the backups of a banged-up defense Saturday’s game must have been an enlightening experience. And experience is about the only positive the Cougars can draw from a 59-37 loss that was competitive right up until an Arizona player touched the football.

Jacob Thorpe’s Keys to the Game

3: Arizona was the more focused, energetic and therefore dominant team the first quarter. The first five Wildcats drives all ended in scores and four of those were touchdowns. Washington State punted on its first three drives, turned the ball over on downs on the fourth drive and threw an interception on the fifth.