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Originally published August 27, 2014 at 6:54 PM | Page modified September 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

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WSU Game day: Cougars at Utah

A closer look at Saturday’s game


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5 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium

TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 770 AM

Mind game: The Cougars spent a lot of emotion against Oregon, while Utah had an uplifting win at Michigan last week. Which team finds the right mind-frame?

Winging it: Last week was probably Halliday’s best game at WSU, and in his last 10 games, he has 32 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. Utah’s secondary had a mere three interceptions last year but equaled that at Michigan.

Conference call: It’s the Pac-12 opener for both, as the Cougars need to take a step toward bowl viability and Utah tries to begin to reverse a 9-18 league record since it joined in 2011.

Gimme that: WSU has only three takeaways in 2014 and a minus-5 turnover margin. That’s not a number that usually enhances the chance of victory.

Prediction: Utah 38, WSU 24.

WSU players to watch
Pos.PlayerKey stat
QBC. Halliday 16-5 TD/INT
WRIsiah Myers 32 recept.
WRVince Mayle 32 recept.
CBD. Brown 35 tackles
DEXavier Cooper 5.5 TFL
Opponent players to watch
Pos.PlayerKey stat
QBTravis Wilson 7-0 TD/INT
RBD. Booker 5.8 ypc
WRDres Anderson 19.4 ypr
LBJared Norris 23 tackles
DENate Orchard 4.5 sacks

Bud Withers, The Seattle Times



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