Friday, September 11, 2009

What to Expect Against Hawai'i

Coming off a 39-13 defeat at home against Stanford, the Washington State football team was in unusually high spirits. With Hawai'i coming to town (or should I say Seattle), revenge is on the Cougars' minds.

Last year, Hawai'i defeated WSU 24-10 in Honolulu, and with the Rainbow Warriors struggling last week against Central Arkansas, this is one of the few games in which WSU is favored.

What remains to be seen entering Saturday's game is how much playing time will be split between Cougar quarterbacks Marshall Lobbestael and Kevin Lopina. Lopina will start because last Saturday he was the leader on the field for all 13 of the Cougars' points.

The Cougar defense will be tested this week against the run-and-shoot Hawai'i offense. Last year Hawai'i quarterback Greg Alexander threw for over 300 yards against the Cougar secondary, and because of Hawai'i's pass happy offense, expect much of the same this year. Alexander also possesses the ability to make plays with this feet. He rushed 90 times last year, and in last week's 25-20 win over Central Arkansas, Alexander ran the ball 16 times.

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