Despite the building excitement here in Tempe over tonight's season-opening doubleheader for both the Men's and Women's basketball programs, we still have some football left to play.
Without further ado, I present to you the enemy: (1-9) Washington State Cougars.
Continue reading to get all the important stats.
Looking at the stats, it is pretty clear that we are facing a truly horrible team. Their best receiver is Brandon Gibson, who has 48 catches for 587 yards.
Washington State's unsettling quarterback situation is currently led by Kevin Lopina, who has a startling 0/10 TD/INT ratio. If that was Rudy Carpenter, his pink shirt would be burned in effigy in front of Old Main.
In last week's loss to Arizona, Lopina was 8/15 with 94 yards and 2 interceptions. Apparently, he fractured his spine on September 20th, and is playing hurt. His backup, freshman J.T. Levenseller, was 2/5 with an interception.
On the other side of the ball, things are looking equally grim. Check out this quote:
The Cougars unveiled a new 3-4 defensive scheme that featured Matt Mullennix and Fevaea'i Ahum at the defensive ends, and Turpin, who got his first start, at nose tackle. The trio accounted for 12 tackles and one sack.
"We got to a point where we're so thin where we can't even line up four players that have a legitimate amount of experience at all on the defensive line," Wulff said. "So if you go to a three-down-line look, it at least helps us there and gives us at least an extra backup that we wouldn't have in a four-down-line look."
Now, lets take a quick look at Washington State's 2008 schedule. Legitimately, they could end up winning 3 games this season, with a game in Pullman against an equally horrible Washington team, and a road matchup against a Hawaii squad that has nothing on last year's "Colt Brennan Experience."
|Oklahoma St.||Sat 08/30||L 13 - 39|
|California||Sat 09/06||L 3 - 66|
|@ Baylor||Fri 09/12||L 17 - 45|
|Portland St.||Sat 09/20||W 48 - 9|
|Oregon||Sat 09/27||L 14 - 63|
|@ UCLA||Sat 10/04||L 3 - 28|
|@ Oregon St.||Sat 10/11||L 13 - 66|
|USC||Sat 10/18||L 0 - 69|
|@ Stanford||Sat 11/01||L 0 - 58|
|Arizona||Sat 11/08||L 28 - 59|
|@ Arizona St.||Sat 11/15||3:30 PM MST|
|Washington||Sat 11/22||1:00 PM MST|
|@ Hawaii||Sat 11/29||9:05 PM MST|
In the end, ASU looks poised to win their fourth game of the season in a satisfying fashion on homecoming weekend here in Tempe.
Check back later for more Men's basketball coverage.