Originally posted on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 9/25/13
Don't look now football fans, but Mike Leach is quietly rebuilding the program at Washington State. The Cougars have already notched one upset this season, if one can call beating the once mighty USC Trojans an upset. But they did beat the Trojans 10-7 at the Rose Bowl, so that has to count for something. Before that, they did lose to Auburn by a touchdown at Auburn.This weekend will be the true measuring stick of how much magic Mike Leach has worked for the Cougars so far.Washington State hosts the Stanford Cardinal in a 10 PM Eastern time kickoff that every college football fan should have some interest in. The game is in Seattle, giving it that extra sizzle. Aside from their first two games this season, the Cougars are coming off 48-10 wins and 42-0 over Southern Utah and Idaho, respectively.Last season, in Palo Alto, Stanford edged the Cougars by only a touchdown. Mike Leach's team has already matched last years conference win total, when they finished their conference schedule with a 1-8 record. They went 3-9 overall, giving Washington State their 9th straight season with a losing record. That looks to end this season.The Cougars are third in passing yards in the PAC-12, continuing what Leach is known for, which is throwing the ball a ton. Stanford has played a tougher schedule so far this season, so comparing team stats to this point seems kind of trivial.This should be an interesting game and we'll get to see how close the Cougars are to the type of program Leach ran at Texas Tech.
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