5 keys for the Cougars against the Beavs

WAS THAT JUST A mirage last week or do did Gerard Wicks, Jamal Morrow and Keith Harrington really average nearly 10 yards per carry between them? They don't need to hit double-digits per rush Saturday against Oregon State, but if they pound, slash and dash to any notable degree it figures to be the start of a very good day for WSU.

WHEN WSU HAS THE BALL

1. Feed Wicks, Harrington and Morrow
WSU's dynamic trio gained 186 yards from scrimmage against Oregon -- averaging nearly 10 yards a carry! -- and it made everything easier. Oregon State's weak point is run defense, so the Cougars need to continue to stretch their comfort zone and feed their backs heavily.

2. Avoid Turnovers
Luke Falk has proven himself trustworthy with the ball, but fumbles from his cohorts are proving problematic. The Cougs need to protect the football, particular when they get into space.

WHEN WSU IS ON DEFENSE

3. Contain QB Seth Collins
Collins isn't the best passer in the world, but he is elusive. The Cougars need to keep him in the pocket and not allow him to run for first downs.

4. Withstand The Beaver Ground Game Oregon State hasn't shown an elite running game, but it is effective. WSU gave up more than 400 rushing yards last week. The Cougs cannot let Storm Woods do a Royce Freeman impression.

5. Win the Field-Position Battle
Oregon State's offense needs help. If WSU can keep them on a long field, the Beavers are in trouble.

Kickoff: 1 p.m./Pac-12 Networks
CF.C Prediction: 33-27 Cougs

Pictured above: Jamal Morrow

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