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Originally published Friday, September 17, 2010 at 6:36 PM

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Scouting report: Washington State at Southern Methodist

Washington State (1-1) at Southern Methodist (1-1) Time: 12:30 p.m. PDT at Gerald J. Ford Stadium TV: CBS College Sports (Comcast Ch. 412, DirecTV Ch. 613)...

Washington State (1-1) at Southern Methodist (1-1)

Time: 12:30 p.m. PDT at Gerald J. Ford Stadium

TV: CBS College Sports (Comcast Ch. 412, DirecTV Ch. 613).

Radio: 850 AM, 1300 AM, 1380 AM. The line: SMU by 23 points.

The setup: The Cougars try to extend momentum from the comeback victory last week over Montana State against the only team they defeated last season.

What to expect: WSU faces unfamiliarity, as the Mustangs run a 3-4 defense that could be troublesome in its versatility, while SMU's run-and-shoot offense is one nobody runs in the Pac-10. To date, the Mustangs have shown a willingness to run (64 times) almost as frequently as they throw (72).

Notes: Freshman LB Eric Oertel likely will be brought out of his redshirt year for WSU and play special teams.

Key matchup: WSU linebackers, who haven't played especially well, must successfully read SMU QB Kyle Padron and his backs. Padron, who didn't start the WSU game last year, has run for 84 yards and completed 56 percent of his throws.

Injuries: WSU — RB Rickey Galvin (forearm), RB Jared Byers (knee) out; S Chima Nwachukwu (neck), WR Kristoff Williams (toe), questionable. SMU — CB Sterling Moore (knee), G Bryce Tennison (ankle), questionable.

Upset brewing?: The crowd won't be a factor; the Mustangs drew just 16,612 for Alabama-Birmingham last week. But the heat — it's expected to be 94 degrees — might. Either way, it's a huge uphill struggle for WSU.

Prediction: SMU 42, WSU 24.

Bud Withers

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