Washington State vs. Eastern Washington fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
Network: Pac-12 Network
Washington State (2-0) vs. Eastern Washington (2-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Eastern Washington Will Win
This is one of the teams that can hang passing yard for passing yard with the high-powered Cougars.
Gage Gubrud is a veteran, efficient passer with 659 yards and nine touchdowns in the first two games. He’s a fearless bomber who’ll keep pushing a Cougar secondary that hasn’t been tested yet.
The Eagle defense needs to take advantage of Wazzu mistakes – QB Gardner Minshew has thrown three picks so far. EWU might lead the FCS in total offense, but the defense has done its part, too, with a few interceptions and a good enough secondary to hold up.
One Reason Why Washington State Will Win
The passing game has been fantastic over the first two games, partly because the offensive line has been outstanding.
The Cougars have yet to allow a sack, and Minshew has been terrific. The interceptions aren’t great, but with 733 yards and six touchdowns in the first two games, and hitting 67% of his throws, he’s been able to step in and rock right away.
Eastern Washington will give up passing yards, it’ll be one of the few teams that will get penalized more than the Cougars, and it’s about to be hit hard by the sharp passing game.
The biggest problem for EWU? Time of possession. The Eagles aren’t miserable at holding on to the ball for drives – they haven’t needed to go on long marches – but Washington State has been fabulous, keeping the ball for over 34 minutes per game so far.
What’s Going To Happen
Welcome to the biggest test so far for a Washington State defense that’s been great, but hasn’t been tested.
The two teams will combine for over 700 passing yards, the Cougars will be pushed for a full four quarters, and the chance will be there for the FCS team to shock the FBSer, but Minshew will rise up late with two fourth quarter scoring drives to survive and advance to the Pac-12 opener against USC.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Washington State 37, Eastern Washington 34
Line: No Line
Must See Rating: 3
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