Sept. 8, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; The Washington State Cougars dance team performs during a game against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Martin Stadium. The Cougars would go onto win by a final score of 24-20. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Date: August 31
Time: 7:00 EST, 4:00 PST
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
Livestream Link: ESPNU
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The Washington State Cougars and Auburn Tigers kickoff their respective 2013 seasons tonight in the heat of Alabama, at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn. Both teams are coming off of disappointing 3-9 campaigns and both are excited for the new directions of their programs.
Washington State is headed into the second year of the much anticipated Mike Leach air-raid era and should be much better prepared after a season of bumps, bruises and issues. They are still fighting through some philosophical differences with some players, which has been a slight distraction, but for the most part those players have walked away from the program in one form or other. The players that have remained are better than people know and it will be interesting to see if a really good Fall camp can catapult them into an early season victory.
Auburn has undergone a change of philosophy as well, with head man Gus Malzahn coming back after a year at Arkansas State to take over the helm after a couple increasingly difficult seasons with Gene Chizik. Malzahn has the respect and attention of his players, after having guided the offense in the 2010 campaign that saw them win a National Championship. Their success will ride on the shoulders of an offense that has very little experience at quarterback and receiver, but a pretty solid running game.