As the highly anticipated clash between UCLA and Washington State University (WSU) approaches, fans are eager to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the WSU Cougars and the standout players who could tip the scales in this showdown. Let’s delve into the details to better understand why WSU will be a tough matchup.
Looking Ahead To UCLA vs WSU – What To Expect
Washington State University (WSU): A Formidable Foe
WSU enters this matchup with an impressive 4-0 record, setting a strong tone for the season. They have demonstrated their capabilities in multiple areas, making them a force to be reckoned with.
A Quarterback On Fire
Cameron Ward, WSU’s quarterback, is having a remarkable season. With 1,390 passing yards, a staggering 74.6% completion rate, a 187.1 passer rating, and no interceptions on the year, Ward has been the catalyst for the Cougars’ aerial attack. His 13 touchdown passes reflect his ability to air it out as well and his 3 additional rushing touchdowns show he can beat you in many ways.
A Ground Game To Watch
Nakia Watson, WSU’s running back, has been a vital component of their offense. Watson was once in the same room as Jonathan Taylor at Wisconsin, so he’s certainly got a lot of experience in his career. With 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground, he adds a dynamic element to WSU’s game plan, combined with Ward’s rushing capabilities. He’s not the only rushing threat, as 4 other rushers (1 is Ward) have had double-digit carries so far on the year.
Airing It Out
Lincoln Victor, has been a favorite target for Ward. Accumulating 342 receiving yards and three touchdowns, he is a game-changer who can turn short passes into big gains. Along with Victor, two other receivers, Josh Kelly and Kyle Williams, are also over the 300-yard mark on the season.
A Lacking Defense
While the offense has been a powerhouse, WSU’s defense is somewhat of a weakness, they’ve allowed at least 21 points in every game so far, and they’ve played in some shootouts.
A Spot in the Top 25
What makes WSU an even tougher matchup is the fact that they’re a ranked opponent. The last time that Chip Kelly won a ranked game at home was almost a year ago when they beat Utah on October 8th. WSU currently holds the 13th spot in the Top 25, which is a testament to its strength and ability to compete at the highest level.
In this matchup, WSU brings a perfect record and a high-flying offense. The Cougars have demonstrated they can perform under pressure, and their place in the Top 25 reflects their standing among the nation’s elite teams. UCLA will certainly face a tough challenge as they square off against this formidable Cougar team.