Pac-12 preview: Washington State seeks improvement in Mike Leach's 2nd year

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  • wwookie Payson, UT
    July 29, 2013 11:57 p.m.

    Article was a very rough overview of the team.

    WSU will continue to have problems offensively despite the air raid putting up a lot of yards. A one dimension attack is easier to defend and the pac 12 has better athletes on D than what leach saw when at TT.

    The biggest factor to their success however will be the defense. Doesn't look like there will be a lot of improvement there. Don't expect this team to make a bowl.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    July 29, 2013 5:38 p.m.

    I really only followed Washington State early on in the season because of Mike Leech and the memories of what he did at Texas Tech. I was very surprised they beat Washington at the end of the season (the primary rival of the cougars) after being impotent on offense.

    Washington State is going to be a whole lot better statistically than last year, however most of the PAC12 is going to be up after taking a beating in the bowls last year. Washington State will beat SUU and Idaho in non-conference and up to three conference games (Cal most likely). I have no confidence that Washington State gets bowl eligible unless their defense also improves like its offense is expected to do.

    Washington State will score more than 3 touchdowns on the Utes. However, I see Utah winning this match-up by grinding the game out on the ground. Utah will win 31-24.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    WSU won't finish as high in the PAC 12 as the BYU Cougars finish in the independant conference.

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    WAZZU will be much improved and should have a better record than the Utes this year. I predict a bowl game for WSU this year, probably the one that Utah think they will be playing in.
    Go Crimson Cougs and GO Blue Cougs.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 28, 2013 11:48 p.m.

    Should be plenty to beat the utes. Go Cougs.

    July 28, 2013 11:17 p.m.

    Wazzu's a wait and see kind of team. Bucannon might be as good as he's being hyped as, but I've never seen him as a dominant player in any of the games I've seen them play like Travis Long was at DE (he didn't seem as good as an OLB). His 106 tackles are misleading because, as a safety, that just means he didn't NOT do his job nearly as much as the front seven and other secondary. The fact that the second leading tackler on their team, a LB, had barely more than half the tackles he had is evidence of that. The offense will move the ball a LOT, but Halliday has a penchant for turnovers to go with his gunslinger mentality, and with no running game getting touchdowns in the red zone could pose a problem. Just like last year they have the ability to give any team a run for their money, but it shouldn't be expected.