Washington State gets chance to justify its strong start against No. 5 Stanford

David Shaw shouldn't have trouble getting Stanford's attention on Washington State, even with a trio of potential Top 25 showdowns looming.

All he needs to do is put on the video of the Cougars' near miss a year ago on The Farm.

The fifth-ranked Cardinal will put their 11-game winning streak on the line Saturday night at CenturyLink Field in Washington State's annual game in Seattle. While it may appear to be a speed bump for the Cardinal before diving into a highly anticipated stretch beginning next week at home versus No. 16 Washington, Saturday night is a proving ground for Washington State.

Has Mike Leach worked his quirky magic and brought the Cougars back to competitiveness already, or is Washington State's 3-1 start a matter of schedule and not substance?