5 Keys to WSU winning at Arizona State

WHEN WASHINGTON STATE has the ball on Saturday (Pac-12 Networks, 10 a.m. PST) look for Luke Falk and the Cougs to be aggressive. No, that doesn’t necessarily mean chucking it deep. In fact, I would argue that they won’t look to throw a lot of passes that take time to develop against blitz-happy ASU. In this case, being aggressive means …

Cougars (3-7) vs Sun Devils (8-2)
AT A GLANCE
KICKOFF:
10:00 am Pacific Time

WHERE:
Sun Devil Stadium (67,674)

TELEVISION:
Pac-12 Networks

RADIO:
The Cougar Sports Radio Network covers much of the West. Click here for listings.

THE LINE:
ASU by 16

LAST MEETING:
2013: WSU lost 55-21

THE SERIES:
ASU leads 25-13-2

CF.C PREDICTION:
Cougs 35, Sun Devils 34

WHEN WSU HAS THE BALL
1. Unleash hell.
WSU's best chance of winning is in proving ASU's defense is a fraud. Having not faced any of the top four passing teams in the conference this year, ASU's piecemeal secondary might be more vulnerable than many people think.

2. Take advantage of the ground game.
Oregon State ran right through ASU last week, catching them in certain blitzes and really making them pay. The ground attack remains a complementary weapon in the Air Raid, but it should be effective when Falk calls on it, based upon the pre-snap read.

WHEN WSU IS ON DEFENSE
3. Shut down running back D.J. Foster (pictured above.)
Foster is ASU’s best offensive weapon and is effective as both a runner and receiver. When Oregon State took him out of the game plan, the Sun Devils’ offense withered.

4. Contain Taylor Kelly
Kelly is a solid dual threat quarterback, even though he might not be 100 percent there days. Keeping him boxed up pays dividends whether he is passing or looking to run.

WHEN WSU IS ON SPECIAL TEAMS
5. Play to win.
Don't settle for field goals or punts if the fourth-down yardage looks attainable. There is little reason to depend on the Cougar kicking game for anything other than the bare essentials in this one.

Check back on CF.C after the game for our wall-to-wall coverage.

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