Washington State went into Tuscon last season and did what few outside of Pullman saw coming, changed the program with a win over the heavily-favored Arizona Wildcats.
Before the game, WSU received some bulletin board news from a Zona-paper female reporter. They used it as partial motivation to go in and take AZ down. It was an embarrassing moment for Rich Rod’s team and apparently the Cats have been stewing over the loss ever since and are looking forward to this year’s upcoming rematch.
Daniel Berk of AZStarnet.com gives us a very interesting preview of the game as well as saying this to finish up the column.
They won’t be sneaking up on anyone this year. Last year, the Cougars came into Arizona Stadium as 11-point underdogs and left with a 24-17 win. The Wildcats weren’t ready for an early-morning battle and the Cougars outlasted them with some strong plays late. Rich Rodriguez and the UA will head to Pullman this season with a lot more respect for Leach’s team and won’t be surprised by anything. In fact, expect one of Arizona’s best games this season against Washington State. The UA has been thinking about a rematch since the disappointing home loss.
Personally, I think the Cats are going to get beat down pretty hard here in Pullman this season. I don’t see them being able to match WSU’s receivers and the only player to score a touchdown last season (KaDeem Carey) is off to the NFL. We’ll go more into this matchup leading up to opening game kickoff. Additionally, this is not the same Cougar team that you have seen the past couple seasons, they should be a veteran group that will be difficult to rattle.
For now, just know that the Wildcats have the Cougs in their collective sights. An experienced and much better than expected Cougar squad will be waiting.