An Early Look At Washington State
Two Air Raid offenses squaring off? Prepare for a point-splosion.
Can the Nevada defense slow down this Washington State offense?.
The Nevada Wolf Pack will head north to Pullman, Washington, on Sep. 23 where they will play against the Washington State Cougars of the Pac-12 Conference. This will be the Wolf Pack’s final non-conference game of the 2017 regular season before they open up conference play the following week on the road against Fresno State.
Here is a preview of the Washington State Cougars:
Conference: Pac-12 (North Division)
2016 Record: 8-5 (7-2 in the Pac-12)
Coach: Mike Leach, 6th season in Pullman (29-34 record at Washington State)
Final AP Top 25 Rank: None
QB Luke Falk
Falk has thrown for 10,893 yards and 89 touchdowns in his three seasons as the Cougars starting quarterback. He returns with a bevy of talented players at wide receiver and running back positions as he looks to guide the Cougars to the top of the Pac-12 North standings in 2017.
Hercules Mata’afa, DE, Junior
Mata’afa led the Cougars defense with 13.5 tackles for loss last season. Mata’afa will use his speed and athleticism to propel the Cougars defense into one of the better units in the Pac-12 in 2017 and a player the Wolf Pack offense needs to keep an eye on.
The Cougars are a prime contender to knock off in-state rival Washington in the Pac-12 North division and play for a Pac-12 title in 2017.
It is easy to see why as they have one of the more explosive offenses in the country and their quarterback, Luke Falk, is one of the more talented quarterbacks in that conference not named Sam Darnold. Their defense, while not a strong overall unit, is capable of holding its own against opposing offenses.
Nevada is going to have their hands full in trying to stop this talented Cougar offense. Their best chance to pull off the upset is to catch Washington State on an off day because the Wolf Pack will have a hard time keeping up offensively with Cougars.
Nevada will put up a valiant effort but it will be the Cougars coming away with the win. Washington State 52, Nevada 28