Oregon football at Washington State: How to watch; what to watch for
Oregon's first Pac-12 Conference game under Dan Lanning figures to be a challenge. Pullman always is a dicey place for opposing teams, and this Washington State team has a revved up defense that helped the Cougars upset then-No. 20 Wisconsin on the road two weeks ago.
HOW TO WATCH
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
Where: Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington
TV: FOX (KPTV 12), foboTV
Radio: AM 1080
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The battle in the trenches, always critical, figures to get some extra attention this week. Washington State's 14 quarterback sacks through three games ranks second among all FBS teams. Oregon has yet to allow a sack. Of course, a big part of the story will be whether the Ducks can run the ball consistently. Washington State's rush defensive statistics are impressive — but those factor in tackles for loss/sacks in college football. Colorado State last week netted only 37 yards on the ground, but Wisconsin produced 170. Oregon should be the best offense Wazzu has faced this season. The Ducks must be balanced on offense or that Cougars pass rush will be trouble. … As long as he's protected, Bo Nix should be able to build upon two strong outings at home. The QB appears to be getting comfortable in the offense, and as long as he doesn't try to force things will spread the ball around and make the cougars defend the entire field. … Of course, the turning point might well come down to mistakes. Washington State has turned over the ball eight times through three games. The aggressive Oregon defense might be able to take advantage of that. The Ducks didn't have a takeaway in the BYU or Georgia games, but they were facing veteran quarterbacks who might just be two of the best at the position in college football. WSU QB Cameron Ward is a transfer who thrived at Incarnate Word, a FCS program in San Antonio, Texas. … The Cougars under Jake Dickert in his first full season still like to throw the ball, but not quite to the extreme of the Mike Leach era.
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