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ASU Football Opponent Primer: Washington State Cougars

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Arizona State 2019 Schedule

Kent State (Aug. 29) - Read

Sacramento State (Sept. 6) - Read

At Michigan State (Sept. 14) - Read

Colorado (Sept. 21) - Read

At Cal (Sept. 27) - Read

Washington State (Oct. 12)

At Utah (Oct. 19)

At UCLA (Oct. 26)

USC (Nov. 9)

At Oregon State (Nov. 16)

Oregon (Nov. 23)

Arizona (Nov. 30)

Washington State’s 2018 Season:

Last season, Pullman showed everyone how College Gameday was done. It was arguably one of the best Pac-12 moments of the season. The Cougars won 11 games for the first time in team history and went 11-2 (7-2 in the Pac-12). They were on the outskirts of getting a spot in the College Football Playoff, but after they lost to the No. 16 Washington Huskies in the Apple Cup, that dream was quickly crushed.

Key Returners:

RB: Max Borghi: With the offensive line not losing many players from last season, it should be a piece that thrives for the team. Borghi is a special piece to their puzzle. During his freshman year last season, Borghi tied a single-season WSU record by total touchdowns by a freshman with 12. He rushed for 366 yards and averaged 28.2. With it only being his second season, he will continue to flourish for the Cougars.

WR: Dezmon Patmon: The 6-foot-4 receiver had a successful year last season, playing all 13 games and averaging 62.8 yards per game. He recorded three games with more than 100 yards receiving. Named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, Patmon is definitely a player to keep an eye on for the Cougar offense.

Biggest Losses:

QB: Gardner Minshew: After graduating from East Carolina and enrolling at WSU, Minshew was a major part of the Cougars’ success in the 2018 season. He threw for 4,779 yards and 38 touchdowns. Minshew was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, but now he’s a Jacksonville Jaguar, leaving the quarterback spot to transfer Gage Gubrud or veteran Anthony Gordon.

LT: Andre Dilliard: Dillard was a key piece to the offensive line as well. He was redshirted his freshman year, but quickly showed why he deserved to be on the field. The left tackle started all 13 games and was ranked the third-best offensive tackle in the country. Dillard only allowed one sack on 677 pass attempts.

Reasons Why ASU Could Win: The last time these two teams played was in 2016 with the Cougars beating the Sun Devils 37-32. Things have changed within both teams since then. However, the Cougars struggled on defense last season and it’s likely to continue into this season. If the Sun Devils are able to capitalize on that through RB Eno Benjamin, then they could see success.

Reasons Why ASU Could Lose: The Sun Devils are coming into this game after their bye week, which could either help them or hurt them. The Cougars’ offense has five of its six pass catchers returning from last season, along with four offensive line starters returning as well. If the ASU defense isn’t able to put a stop to the Cougars’ strong offense and keep the stops consistent, they won’t last long.