Wazzu hits #8 in the polls! Can they keep the momentum on the road against Cal?

Washington State silenced critics Saturday night as they went on the road the first time this season and won their sixth straight game, this time vs the University of Oregon. The final was 33-10 as the Wazzu defense rose to the occasion as they shut down the high-octane offense of the Oregon Ducks. They allowed 278 total yards and had 3 takeaways, 4 sacks, 11 tackles for losses and allowed 0 points after the first quarter, continuing to show the Pac-12 and the entire nation that their defense is for real. Luke Falk continued his hot start, throwing for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns. Next up on the schedule is the California Bears on the road this Friday night. Can they go 7-0? We, Cougar nation thinks so!

Here are 3 observations I had on the game:

Is kicker Erik Powell the real deal?

He really is. Early in his career he had his problems making that big kick whether it was a field goal or an extra point. Many times, he was the one everyone blamed when the Cougars “Couged it”. That isn’t the case anymore. On the season he has made 12 of 13 field goals and all 28 of his extra points. In his previous 3 seasons he has missed 15 field goals and 2 key extra points. He has raised his game.

 

Will Luke Falk survive the season?

If the Cougs are to continue to succeed than he will have to find a way. Every week, he takes hit after hit and somehow makes the plays he needs to. His stats are phenomenal but how many more sacks or hits under pressure must he take before that injury comes and our season is lost. Against Oregon he was sacked 4 more times and was under pressure quite often. The schedule is only tougher. Coach Leach and his staff must find a way to keep him safe if they want a healthy Luke Falk come Apple cup against the Washington Huskies.

When will Luke Falk have a wide receiver he can rely on week in and week out?

For the last 3 seasons Luke Falk has had go-to wide outs like Gabe Marks or River Cracraft to name a few. This season has been different. He has thrown to 13 different receivers but he hasn’t had one stand out. Tavares Martin Jr., Renard Bell and Isaiah Johnson-Mack have been his 3 top wide receivers but nobody has had a breakout game. For them to continue their success, one of them needs to step up his game to continue their winning ways. Knowing Luke Falk, this may not be a necessity, but this would make things easier. Who will take the reins and be the next great WSU wideout.

This Friday night brings on Friday night lights part deux versus California on the road. The Cougs are favored to win handily but they can’t take the Golden Bears too lightly. Expect our “Speed D” to bring their A game to Cal and handle them with ease. The game starts at 730pm on ESPN. I know I will be watching amongst Cougar nation. Hope that many of you will be watching as well, at least watch to see our amazing “Speed Defense”. You won’t be disappointed.

Go Cougs!!

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Brian joined the SSU in 2017 and covers the Everett AquaSox. I’m a graduate of Washington State University and I’m a die-hard baseball fan.

 

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