When Mike Leach was hired as Washington State's head coach, the expectation was that the team would be good enough to compete for Pac-12 North titles. Now, as the Cougars sit at 5-2 and 3-1 in conference, the team has a chance to do just that.
Stanford comes to Pullman this week ranked No. 8 in the country and as hot as any team in the nation. However, the Cougars have won three straight Pac-12 games for the first time since 2003 and are ready for the challenge ahead.
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"One thing coach Leach and coach (Alex) Grinch won't let us do is be on the high," said senior linebacker Jeremiah Allison after the 45-42 win against Arizona, according to The Spokesman-Review. "We celebrate the win but we'll get back to business."
With a win over Stanford, in a nationally televised ESPN night game, the Cougars would be tied with Stanford for the Pac-12 North lead and would hold the tiebreaker over the Cardinal.
The stakes have never been higher for the Cougars during the Mike Leach era.