The Washington State Cougars host the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday as the Cougars look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Cougars have also lost six straight games to Cal over the past six seasons and will look to capture their first win of the series.
Washington State played well last weekend against the No. 7 Oregon Ducks and scored 28 points on the Ducks defense, ultimately falling by only 15 points by game's end. Quarterback Marshall Lobbestael passed for 337 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while the Cougars running backs- led by Ricky Galvin and Carl Winston- led the ground attack with 125 rushing yards.
Washington State, in fact, recorded more total yards (462) than Oregon did (454) last week. That's encouraging news for an offense that will take on a mediocre Cal defense- allowing 26.4 points per game- this weekend.
The Cal offense has some firepower of its own. Led by quarterback Zach Maynard, the Golden Bears average 28.8 points per game. Last week, however, Cal recorded only 14 points in a loss to the UCLA Bruins.
If the Cougars can score early, they should give themselves a chance in this game against an up-and-down Cal offense. An impressive early showing could put the Cougars in very good position to snap their current four-game losing streak and their six-game overall losing streak to Cal.