WHEN WSU HAS THE BALL
1. Protect Peyton Bender (errr... Luke Falk. No, Bender. Wait, Falk. Then again…)
UW has some very capable pass rushers up front. The Cougar o-line, possibly without two of their starters if last week vs. Colorado was any indication (LT Joe Dahl, C Riley Sorenson). Their potential replacements, Andre Dillard and Sam Flor, as well as the entire o-line unit, must protect whomever the WSU quarterback is at all costs.
2. No turnovers, or at least limit them.
UW's offense has trouble generating long drives, so the Cougs setting UW up with a short field would be a most unnecessary gift.
WHEN WSU IS ON DEFENSE
3. Contain RB Myles Gaskin.
UW won last year on the heels of long runs, and Gaskin is the UW’s best offensive weapon. When he has been rendered ineffective, it’s put pressure on UW’s freshman quarterback and he has not, on a consistent enough basis, been able to deliver.
4. Force QB Jake Browning to beat the WSU safeties.
Jake Browning's accuracy on long throws is questionable, as are his receivers’ hands. Force them to prove their worth.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
5. Watch out for Tricky Pete.
UW coach Chris Petersen is notorious for his use of trick plays. The Cougs need to be ready at all times, in any situation.
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m./FOX
Matt Moore’s prediction: 21-20 Cougs
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