Perfect WSU-Game Day scenario, and it can't happen

IT SETS UP perfectly on paper for ESPN’s Game Day crew to come to Pullman. ESPN predicts WSU will stand 4-0 when it hosts USC. A titanic matchup would loom between two highly-ranked teams boasting a pair of Heisman Trophy candidates and potential first round QB draft picks – Luke Falk vs. San Darnold. ESPN loves that kind of thing. Everyone does. There’s only one problem.

It can’t happen.  The WSU-USC game is slated for Friday, Sept. 29.  So even if ESPN's prediction of a 4-0 start for the Cougs, and a coin-flip game between Wazzu and USC, its Game Day crew will be elsewhere.

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On paper it looks like Week 10, when Stanford visits.

Of course, that would mean both the Cougs and Cardinal have to excel in the nine games leading up to the Nov. 4 matchup in Martin Stadium, and likely would also need to remain in contention for the Pac-12 North title.

IT'S NOT ONLY Cougar fans who are displeased WSU-USC will be held on a Friday night.   USCFootball.com’s Dan Weber dislikes the idea in general of having to travel to WSU, and also argues that USC playing any Friday night game is not in the anyone's interest.

“This is a game that could have helped make the case that folks out West can play football. But only if people watch it. Which most won't. And now with the teams not at the top of the Big Ten also playing on Friday, USC-WSU will be going against Nebraska-Illinois.

“Let's just say this here: USC should never agree to or be assigned to a Friday night game. It's not in USC's best interests. It's not in the Pac-12's best interests. It's not in TV's best interests. And it's not in college football's best interests. Heck, it's not even in high school football's best interests.”

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