Washington State Football: Ranking the Cougs Away Games in 2014

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Oct 12, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Dom Williams (80) is tackled by Oregon State Beavers linebacker Rommel Mageo (46) during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

#3 Oregon State

This is where the rubber starts to meet the road as far as getting really jacked up for matchups goes. Oregon State deserves a loss in this game, after what happened in the 4th quarter of last season’s game in Pullman. With Brandin Cooks out of the lineup I’m fairly confident this is a winnable game on the road, but week 9/10 is about the week the Beavs usually get really smokin’ hot under Mike Riley. This game takes place in week 11.

Last season the Cougs were right there until they made a mistake late in the 3rd and botched a fake field goal. After that a weird shift in momentum allowed the Beavs to coast their way to the finish line, but don’t expect that in 2014. I still see nobody on the Beavs roster that can cover what the Cougs will roll out at them on a regular basis. Connor Halliday will not struggle like he did last season late in the ball game.

This will also be a really important game as only ASU and UW will remain on the schedule afterwards and I already told you my feelings toward that. I expect the Cougs to be right in the five to six win range at this point (yes the Cougs have a very real shot at 5-4/6-3 going into the final stretch), so this could well be the best opportunity to cement a bowl berth. Not saying the Huskies at home isn’t winnable, just saying weird stuff happens in the Apple Cup.