The Mike Leach era at Washington State will officially begin Thursday, but Leach and the Cougars will not have a soft landing to begin the 2012 season. Instead, WSU will travel to Provo, Utah to face a talented and experienced BYU team.
Leach will make his Wazzu debut on national television as the game, which begins at 7:15 p.m. PT, will be broadcast on ESPN. The Cougars finished 4-8 last season but begin the 2012 season with aspirations of reaching a bowl game for the first time since 2003.
WSU is likely to lean heavily on its offense which is led by senior quarterback Jeff Tuel. Tuel played in just three games during an injury plagued 2011 campaign, but he is healthy and poised to put up big numbers in Leach's Air Raid offense.
Tuel will have a great target to throw to Thursday as preseason All-American Marquess Wilson is back for another season. Wilson caught 82 passes for 1388 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and could possibly eclipse those numbers this season.
Game Time: 7:15 p.m. PT
Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
Point Spread: BYU favored by 13.5 points