Six of the seven WSU bowl practices through yesterday have taken place indoors due to weather. Pictured above: WSU's first 2016 bowl practice session, held outdoors.
But WSU might be able to go outdoors Tuesday for its final bowl practice in Pullman, with temperatures climbing into the low 40s. The bigger issue today, one that could move WSU indoors yet again, is the wind. A wind advisory remains in effect through 5 p.m. with gusts up to 50 mph possible out on the Palouse.
The Cougs are scheduled to hold five practices in San Diego, WSU SID tells Cougfan.com. Along with today’s session, that would render Washington State 13 bowl practices before the Holiday Bowl, one week from today.
If you’re wondering why WSU will hold ‘only’ eight bowl practices in Pullman, two reasons: WSU coaches were out on the road recruiting part of the time, and dead week and finals week came on the heels of the bowl selection.
Washington State flies out Thursday for San Diego.
- WHAT: The 39th Holiday Bowl
- KICKOFF TIME: Dec. 27, 4 pm Pacific
- TV: ESPN
- THE SERIES: UM leads 3-2
- LAST MEETING: 1988, WSU won 44-9
THE MINNESOTA DEFENSE ranks 23rd overall nationally and allows just 352.6 yards per game. Indeed, the Gopher D has kept Minnesota in games all season long, the biggest example being Minnesota led Wisconsin 17-10 entering the fourth quarter in Madison.
Minnesota started out 7-2 this season and won five of its last seven games. Both losses came to ranked teams in No. 19 Nebraska and No. 6 Wisconsin.
But the media gurus, by a wide margin, are picking the Cougs in this one.
THE LINE OUT of Las Vegas had the Cougars as a 10-point favorite on Tuesday.
WSU went 6-3 against the spread in its first nine FBS games this season, according to oddshark.com, and 9-3 against the spread in its last 12 games against teams with winning records.
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