WSU will pelt the Beavers

When Saturday rolls around the Cougar faithful pile into Martin Stadium, the Washington State football team will be in an unfamiliar position.

While most experts expected Oregon to blow out the Cougars last weekend, WSU defied the odds and shocked the nation by upsetting the Ducks in double overtime in Eugene.

However, the Cougars have put the victory behind them and are already focused on Oregon State. WSU enters its matchup against Oregon State with a lot of confidence and even more momentum, which spells trouble for the Beavers.

The Cougars will get their fourth win of the season on Saturday against the Beavers. After defeating a Ducks team that just came off a national championship run last year, the Cougars know they can play with anybody in the country.

Nobody is going to intimidate this team. 

The Beavers enter this game with the No. 1 passing defense in the Pac-12, but mostly because they have not faced anything close to WSU’s passing scheme yet.  Last season, OSU had no answer for how to contain WSU quarterback Luke Falk, who completed 44 of 61 passes for 471 yards and five touchdowns in that game.

Last season’s game against OSU was also Falk’s first career start as WSU’s quarterback. Entering his ninth career game this Saturday, it is obvious Falk has a better grasp of the offense and speed of the game than a year ago. The Cougars are averaging 396 yards passing per game so far in 2015, which ranks No.1 in the Pac-12.

Oregon State is also last in the Pac-12 in rushing defense, giving up an average of 216 yards on the ground per game this season. Though the Cougars don’t spend a lot of time pounding the rock, expect them to take advantage of OSU’s weakness and controlling the game by going to the run early on. Whether or not the Cougars gain a lot of yardage on the ground, hitting OSU with an early rushing attack will open up the passing game.

The Beavers will also have trouble playing on the road in a hostile environment like Martin Stadium. The Beavers have yet to win a road game this season and are scoring just one touchdown per game on average in games away from Corvallis.

First year OSU Head Coach Gary Anderson has changed the Beavers’ offensive philosophy to a spread, which means players are still getting accustomed to the offense. One of those players is freshman quarterback Seth Collins, who will be big influence on whether or not the Beavers can keep pace in Martin Stadium on Saturday.

Expect the Cougars to cruise to their second Pac-12 win of the season this weekend.