PULLMAN - In what will likely be their toughest test of the season, Washington State has the tall task of bouncing back from its disappointing loss to Colorado against the 2nd ranked three-time defending Pac-12 champs from Eugene.
The Cougars are gearing up to face a team that is 4-0 following their 49-0 win over Arizona. But the teams' meeting in Seattle marks the Ducks' first road test of the season.
Mike Leach has never faced Oregon, and says they can be tough to prepare for because of their speed. The tempo at which they play offensively also can cause headaches for opposing defenses.
The Cougs have struggled to keep their foot on the gas pedal, something Oregon does well. Leach, though, pointed out that no team has truly challenged the Ducks yet this season.
It is a matchup of teams known for their offenses. With Leach in year one at WSU, the Ducks' attack is the more advanced. Chip Kelly's unit is top-5 in the nation in yards per game and points per game. One of Leach's concerns is the Cougs trying too hard to match what the guys on the other sideline are doing.
The Cougs and Ducks meet Saturday in Seattle at 7:30 p.m. Washington State's last win over a ranked team came in 2006 when they beat Oregon in Pullman.