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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

September 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Cougars hoping not to get soaked in Salt Lake City . . .

Washington State, approaching a backs-to-the-wall situation if it wants to retain any bowl hopes this year, is probably going to have to try to beat Utah Saturday night under adverse weather conditions.

Since WSU arrived Friday night, there have been a couple of thunderstorms passing through Salt Lake City, and there’s a possibility of more Saturday night. Not possible, apparently, is a dry evening, as the forecast is for 100 percent chance of rain, with winds of 8-13 miles an hour.

That might not be optimum conditions for throwing the ball.

It would be the second week in a row Utah has faced bad weather, having encountered heavy rains that stalled the Utes’ 26-10 victory at Michigan last week midway through the fourth quarter.

For the Cougars, there would be two weather-related ironies. This is exactly the same weekend a year ago in which they played Stanford at CenturyLink Field in an unusual storm that doused the Northwest with heavy wind and rain — on a day when all four Northwest schools were playing at home.

Second, WSU quarterback Connor Halliday made his first start against Utah in 2011 in November in Pullman, in a game in which a sudden snowstorm blanketed Martin Stadium at halftime. That was the day Halliday played the final three quarters and overtime with a lacerated liver.

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