Washington State prepares for Auburn

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Washington State prepares for Auburn

NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State coach Mike Leach doesn’t think the Cougars need to do anything special to prepare for the heat and big crowd expected when they play at Auburn on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

He says the temperatures in Pullman have been as hot or hotter than temperatures at Auburn in recent weeks.

This is Leach’s second season at WSU, and expectations are a little more muted after last year’s 3-9 campaign. Last year the Cougars opened at BYU, losing 30-6 in a game that seemed to set the tone for much of a disappointing season.

Auburn finished just 3-9 last season, and has a new coach is Gus Malzahn and a new quarterback in junior college transfer Nick Marshall.

A key to the game is how WSU’s front seven can deal with Marshall in Auburn’s hurry-up offense.

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