At 2-5 with five games to play in the regular season, the Washington State Cougars need to start accumulating wins quickly if they are going to end an eight-year bowl drought. They will attempt to move one step closer to bowl eligibility when they go on the road to face Stanford on Saturday.
The Cougars have lost four-straight games and are winless in Pac-12 play. They should, however, be well rested as they are coming off a bye week. After going back-and-forth with starting quarterbacks, it appears Jeff Tuel will once again be under center for WSU on Saturday. Tuel threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in relief against California.
WSU's leading receiver, Marquess Wilson, left the game against Cal with an apparent head injury, but returned to practice this week. Wilson caught six passes for 150 yards and a touchdown when the Cougars played at Stanford in 2010. Even with Wilson, the Coguars will face a strong challenge going up against a Stanford defense allowing 18.9 points per game this season.
The Cardinal have won the last four meetings between the schools, including a 44-14 victory in Pullman last season.
Game time: Saturday, October 27, 3:15 p.m. PT
TV schedule: Pac-12 Network
Point spread: Stanford opened as a 21-point favorite.