San Jose State at Washington State Cougars
Matt Barry – The Cougars should carry the momentum from a great fourth quarter at Wyoming in their first game. Look for RB Boobie Williams to have a big game over a Spartans team out of the Mountain West Conference, who lost last week at home to UC-Davis. Take the Cougs.
Ed Stein – Another cannon fodder game. Last week the Cougars battled with Wyoming in Laramie for the first half before pulling away in the second. San Jose State, on the other hand, was humbled by their loss at home to UC Davis 44-38.
Cal-Davis QB Jake Maier threw for 446 yards against San Jose State last week. Even more so than Browning will, WSU quarterback Gardner Minshew should have a fantastic game manhandling the Spartan defense. He has many more weapons at his disposal than UCD could ever think of having. If Minshew plays more than one possession in the second half, I’ll be shocked.
The SJS offense is going to learn the hard way that a PAC-12 defense is completely different than one from the Big Sky Conference.
Jason Reed – Much like their Washington counterparts, Washington State should have absolutely no problem with San Jose State. San Jose State was unable to get the victory over UC Davis and face a much tougher foe in the Cougars.
Jordan Cordano – The Spartans start their string of playing back-to-back PAC 12 schools when they visit Pullman to take on the Cougars. San Jose gave up 44 points and an abysmal 446 passing yards to UC Davis and their QB Jake Maier last week. It doesn’t get any easier in facing Mike Leach’s air raid offense.
This is a perfect game for new Cougars starting Quarterback Gardner Minshew to fine tune his familiarity before PAC 12 play starts. Expect a shootout in this one with the Cougs taking it comfortably.