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Washington State vs. Arizona State: Cougars need to slow down Sun Devils' offense

SB Nation's bloggers preview saturday's matchup between Arizona St. and Washington St., both of which are looking to snap multiple-game losing streaks.


The Washington St. Cougars travel south to face the Arizona St. Sun Devils looking for their first Pac-12 victory. Both teams are attempting to snap prolonged losing streaks; the Sun Devils have lost their last four games while the Cougars have lost seven in a row.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.

To preview Saturday afternoon's match-up, writers from SB Nation's ASU blog – House of Sparky – and WSU blog – CougCenter – got together to answer questions about their respective teams.

When asked what the Cougars need to do to leave Arizona with their first conference win of the season, CougCenter's Brian Anderson responded:

They need to contain the Sun Devil offense. WSU hasn't proven it can win a shootout type of game, and ASU hasn't scored less than 27pts against a PAC-12 school. They need to keep ASU around that low point for the offense to have a chance at putting up a bigger number. The past two weeks the Cougs have come out of halftime down at least 30pts, it would be really nice if that didn't happen three weeks in a row.

You can read the full Q&A, with answers about today's game and the state both programs in general, here.

Also to get ready for Saturday's game, CougCenter spoke with Pac-12 Network commentator Yogi Roth. You can watch the video of the interview below and hear Roth's thoughts on the WSU/ASU match-up.