PULLMAN -- The Pac-10 schedule is one of the toughest you'll find across the country, but it's been especially difficult for Washington State the last few weeks.
The Cougars played nationally ranked USC three weeks ago (they were No. 20 at the time), then battled No. 3 (now No. 2) Oregon last week, and now they face No. 17 Arizona this weekend.
The Wildcats were ranked as high as No. 9 this year, but they lost 29-27 to Oregon State last week.
Arizona is potent offensively and defensively. The Wildcats, led by quarterback Nick Foles, have the fifth best passing attack in the nation. They average 328.6 yards through the air per game. As for the defense, they allow just 14.6 points per contest. That's the tenth best mark in the country.
Washington State is 1-5 on the season, but they're showing improvement. The Cougars have held a lead in their last three games, and like we mentioned, two of those games were against nationally ranked foes. With that said, WSU is still a 23.5 point underdog on Saturday.
Kickoff is slated for 4:30pm at Martin Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on Versus. We'll also have full coverage on KREM 2 News and KREM.com.