October 10, 2013
Ask the Expert: Washington State
As the Oregon State Beavers continue to prepare for their PAC 12 match-up against Washington State, we caught up with Britton Ransford from WazzuWatch.com who gives us insight on the Washington State.
The Cougars have seemed to regain some swagger this year. What are their strengths on defense?
It's been night and day from last year where the confidence quickly eroded after suffering a handful of early losses and the landslide quickly derailed all the hype of Mike Leach's first season on the Palouse. Fast-forward to this season and the team knows their assignments, they're learning to win and, most important, they believe they can win every game on the schedule.
When looking at the defense, it was easy to point towards the secondary early in the season as a strength, but two rough games against Stanford and Cal against the pass has raised a few concerns with Sean Mannion and company coming to town.
That's a unit that will get their fair share of stops and intercept a few passes, but they're prone to getting beat deep, as we've seen the last two weeks.
Overall, the strength of this defense is the front seven, hands down. The defensive line, in particular, has been outstanding against the run and they have began creating a lot more pressure in the backfield. Ioane Guata, Xavier Cooper and Toni Pole create a formidable front, allowing Breske to unleash his linebackers.
Like the Beavers, Washington State has struggled in establishing a run game. What are the strengths of the offense and who should Beaver fans be aware of?
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