UPDATE: My answers to CougCenter's questions are HERE.
OBNUG: Should we be concerned about a player nicknamed "Boobie" on your roster, and for what reasons (other than this being a family-friendly blog)?
Spinning the straps off of bros.
It’s a play that’s particularly effective when the opponent is playing a lot of man to man, or playing a lot of deep-dropping zone coverage, because the middle of the field gets vacated and the Very Large Men get a nice running start at destroying linebackers and DBs. You can bet Boise State’s defensive coaches are trying to devise a way to limit that play.
CougCenter: Well, I like the fact that we’re not getting our faces kicked in by 60 points any more, and instead are the ones occasionally doing the face kicking. That’s very nice. But beyond that, WSU has a rich tradition of oddball coaches running wide-open offenses with really good quarterbacks, and Leach fits right in with that tradition — perhaps even the most extreme example. I love that we have an offense that is unique and fairly easy to understand for pretty much any fan who wants to do a little studying. It reminds me a little of when Dick and Tony Bennett were our basketball coaches, if completely opposite in style: Having an identity you can wrap your arms around is real nice for fans, and being That Program That Throws The Ball A Billion Times is a lot of fun.
CougCenter: Honestly, I didn’t see anything that was like, "WHOA, that’s gonna be a problem" — that’s a pretty nice change from the last two years! It’s more about things that are unknown. Like ... has the secondary improved? We have no earthly idea, since Montana State barely tried to throw the ball. We do think we know that sophomore safety Jalen Thompson is going to be pretty good; he started all 13 games as a freshman and made some nice plays against the Bobcats, including his first career interception. But the corners weren’t really tested much. We’re also not sure how the defensive line is going to hold up to a legit rushing attack, given its smallish stature. I suppose some of those answers will come on Saturday.
OBNUG: Using Microsoft Paint, draw an expression you might see Mike Leach making during the post-game interview.
I am quite the artist, as you can tell.
[You forgot that Mike Leach looks like he's always smelling a pile of dead ferrets. Like, your art teacher.]
I do think the current double-digit line is on the high end of what I would expect, but I’ll say WSU wins by something between a touchdown and 10 points — let’s go with 31-24, Cougs.