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RUTGERS vs Washington Preview

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The Washington State Cougars host Rutgers at Century Link Field. Washington State Cougars seemed to have a single offensive goal last season, to pass the ball. The Cougars ranked 4th in the nation with last year with an average of 368 passing yards per game. This passing style offense got the cougars to a bowl game shootout last year with Colorado State, a game in which they lost. But if the Cougars found any success in recruiting some decent running backs and offensive linemen in the offseason, maybe they will add a bit of balance to the offensive scale. Rutgers might not be able to handle the pressure.

–Keys for Rutgers Scarlet Knights:

  • Last season’s opener saw the Scarlet Knights lose in a nail biter by just a single point. After the opening loss however, the Knights were able to win four straight games. They will have to handle the crowd, which is sure to be a pro Cougar crowd while played at the field of the Seattle Seahawks, and the noise that it is capable of producing.
  • Senior QB Gary Nova will be looking to add to his already impressive stats, 6,407 yards and 51 touchdowns, and get the Scarlet Knights back into bowl contention once again. But this might prove difficult with the departure of much of his wide receiver core. Tight end Tyler Kroft will return however, and he led the team in receptions (43) and reception yards (573).

 

–Keys for Washington State Cougars:

  • Mike Leach intends to do one thing as head coach of the Cougars, pass for touchdowns. That’s just what the Cougars have done with Leach in charge and QB Conner Halliday will be back for his senior season with the full intention of adding to his 7,000+ yards and 58 career touchdowns.

 

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–Favorite/Odds: Washington State by 8 points

 

–This will no doubt be a very exciting game from an offensive point of view. Obviously Mike Leach’s offense will be trying to run up the score, but don’t count out the Scarlet Knights just yet. Rutgers knows how to battle in close games and they too have the ability to light up the scoreboard.

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