WSU football preview: Ducks stand in the way of a ranking

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PULLMAN, Wash. — We are one day away from an incredibly important game for the Washington State Cougars football program.

WSU is taking on the No. 15 ranked Oregon Ducks at Gesa Field on Saturday. If the Cougs win, it would most certainly guarantee the team a spot in the AP Top 25.

It isn’t the first time Washington State’s taken on a ranked opponent. They pulled off a major upset against Wisconsin in Week 2, before going off for 38 points and only giving up a touchdown to Colorado State.

The Cougars are also one of the 31 undefeated teams left in the NCAA. While the team has received 72 votes, they fall just short of the AP Top 25, currently sitting fifth in runner-ups.

Linebacker Daiyan Henley is a big reason the Cougars are undefeated thus far. He’s made his presence known on defense, now being recognized as one of the best, if not the best linebacker in the Pac-12.

He was recently named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after recording 13 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles against Colorado State.

READ: WSU’s Daiyan Henley named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

The environment will be a huge factor in this matchup as well. Tickets for the game are currently sold out, with only standing room still available.

So, if you’re too late to get tickets, the game will be broadcast on FOX at 1 p.m.

READ: Washington State uses big first half to cruise past Colorado State