Saturday, October 15, 2011
Pregame: Stanford at Washington State
By Kevin Gemmell
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State has been away from home for more than a month. After missing their team for three straight games on the road at San Diego State (loss), at Colorado (win), at UCLA (loss) the Cougar faithful seems excited to see some football.
Stanford, which can become bowl eligible with a victory, returns to the road after back-to-back home games.
Some things to consider:
How involved will wide receiver Chris Owusu be early in the game? Earlier this week, head coach David Shaw said he expected more productivity out of Owusu at this point in the season, but added that they need to do a better job getting him involved in the game early. Curious to see if quarterback Andrew Luck forces more than he should just to try to get Owusu involved.
Stanford's secondary is coming off a very efficient game against Colorado and faces a spread attack for the second time this season (first time at Arizona). They shouldn't be surprised by anything Washington State throws at them. The longer they hold their coverage, the better chance the pass rush has at getting to WSU quarterback Marshall Lobbestael, who has been sacked 12 times this season.
Not that this matters to Stanford's players and coaches, but a victory would give them the longest winning streak in school history. They already own the nation's longest active win streak at 13 games. A win would surpass the efforts of the 1904-1905 teams and '39-'41 teams which won 13 in a row.