In any case, suffice to say that this weekend is the swing game of the year. Win this one, and barring injury, you hit Brinkhater's pre-season prediction of 6-6 (at worst) and may even head to Rooster's prediction of 8-4 (Hawk was right in the middle at 7-5). In other words, win this weekend, and you're headed for Hawaii on Christmas Eve.
The fate of this weekend's game rests on the two much maligned QBs, Moore and Brink. In this game, give WSU all the talent advantages that money can buy. Brink is obviously far superior to Moore in the moxy and execution department. You can give a slight edge to the Chipmumks on Bernard as an individual talent, but the Cougs winning the battle of the runnng game with a superior O-Line and running back depth...
This is a game that the Cougs should win handily (like a couple of TDs) barring turnovers. Simply put, if Brink takes care of the ball, Tardy holds the ball, and the special teams are okay, we win. With turnovers, we are in real trouble.
It will be a fun game to watch this weekend. Win, and we're probably getting TV coverage for the next couple of weeks--which is all that Brinkhater could ask for.
Staff predictions tomorrow.