WSU Cougars Vs Oregon Ducks: Reasons for Optimism for the Fighting Mike Leach’s

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Washington State might be a 38.5 point underdog this weekend, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pull the upset. There are some concrete reasons to believe in a possible miracle this weekend, let’s examine.

Young Cougs Have Responded Well To Adversity

Oct 12, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver River Cracraft (84) makes a catch against the Oregon State Beavers during the second half at Martin Stadium. The Beavers beat the Cougars 52-24. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Many Coug fans may have just tuned me out after watching what adversity did to the team this past Saturday. It’s first of all important to remember that every young, growing team has quarters like those that they’ve had against Oregon State and Stanford.

Washington State is still in the process of becoming an experienced team. Mike Leach was quick to point out that the team is still playing 27 players that are sophomores or younger. That’s a huge number. Last season the Cougars were the youngest team in the country and any educated guess would put them back in that category, at least near the top of the list.