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WSU Favored Over UNLV; Wulff Believes Cougars' Time Has Come

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© Head coach Paul Wulff believes the Cougars are on the right track and expects to keep the momentum rolling against UNLV this week (Photo: SWX) © Head coach Paul Wulff believes the Cougars are on the right track and expects to keep the momentum rolling against UNLV this week (Photo: SWX)

For the first time since 2005 Washington State is in the win column at the start of the season. And some are saying they could be 2-0 after this weekend's game against UNLV.

The Cougars are favored by a pair of touchdowns over the Runnin' Rebels, the first time since 2007 they have gone in as favorites over an FBS team. That year, 2007, is when they played Idaho cross-border rival Idaho.

Saturday's 64-21 thumping of Idaho State showed the program - and fans - what the Cougars are capable of, and head coach Paul Wulff expects the momentum to keep growing.

"I have been happy with this football team ever since we began working together last January," said Wulff. "These guys have done a great job. They've created a new culture for Cougar football: new standards, a new work ethic and just everything they do - from going to class to how they handle themselves off the field and on the field. They lead. It's what we've been working toward and we've got all the things finally turning in our favor."

Wulff said he's been pleased with how Marshall Lobbestael has looked in practice this week. He will be the starting quarterback going forward, as Jeff Tuel will be out at least six weeks with a broken collarbone. He has not decided whether former Ferris standout Connor Halliday will get any playing time against UNLV.

The Cougars' running game also looks to be shaping up nicely, according to coach Wulff.

The stomach virus that was going around last week - even affecting Tuel - is still lingering, Wulff said. Several players have missed some practice this week, but those who are getting sick are generally feeling better within 24 hours.

Washington State kicks off against the Runnin' Rebels at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Like the Idaho State game, this week's contest will not be televised.

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