Washington State squares off against Rutgers on opening weekend as the two teams kick off their 2014 seasons. The Cougars finished last season at an overall record of 6-7. They finished in the middle of the pack in the PAC 12 before losing to New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Rutgers closed out the year 6-6 overall, before losing the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Washington State Cougars
Washington State squares off against Rutgers on the opening weekend of the 2014 season. The game will be at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, home of the Seahawks.
The Cougars finished last season at an overall record of 6-7, including a loss to New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Rutgers was also 6-7 in 2013, including losing the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame.
Details for Thursday's game are below:
Kickoff: 10:00 PM EST
Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: FOX Sports 1
Washington State Cougars facts
Head coach Mike Leach is 9-16 in his two years at Washington State.
Washington State was just 1-3 against Top 25 opponents last season.
The Cougars have lost each of their last two season openers.
Quarterback Connor Halliday returns for his senior season. Last year, he threw for 4,597 yards, the third most in the FBS.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights facts
Rutgers is heading into its first season in the Big Ten, having spent last season in the AAC.
Head coach Kyle Flood is 15-10 in his two seasons leading the team.
The Scarlet Knights were 0-3 against Top 25 teams in 2013, including their bowl game defeat.
The road wasn't kind to Rutgers last season: The Scarlet Knights dropped four of their five games away from home.
- Aaron Somers