College football is a very emotionally charged game. The regular season is very much like the playoffs in the sense that every game matters. The problem with Washington State football for the longest time, was that there was very little emotion each season because there was little hope for victory for the Cougs and Pullman wasn’t a destination for a big game.
Now that Wazzu has completely revived it’s football program, the magic has returned to Pullman and as newer fans experienced last year and long time cougar fans relived, there is very little that can compare to Washington State football.
The biggest game in a long time in the all new Martin Stadium this year will be played on September 20th when the Oregon Ducks come to town. There has been a lot of speculation around this game because it does have huge implications around it. This game will be the Pac-12 opener for both the Cougs and the Ducks and will be not only a conference match up but a divisional match up.
The speculation around this game has been the looming question, in the words of Ty Dolla $ign, “will the Ducks take the Cougs seriously or nah?” The last two years have seen the Cougs keep up with the Ducks until about halftime when Oregon just takes off. Last year it resulted in a 62-38 Oregon victory.
The Last time Oregon was in Pullman was the 2010 season and that was before any of the major renovations had been done to Martin Stadium and the only players that were on either team then, are the red-shirt Seniors who didn’t actually play a snap in that game. Also this will be both Leach’s first time against Oregon in Pullman and it will be Helfrich’s first time as a head coach in Pullman. The point I’m getting at is this will be a new experience for both teams. Let’s look at two different scenarios for the game that could have a major effect on the outcome.