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Cougs hope team that almost beat UCLA shows up today

Which Washington State football team will show up at Sun Devil Stadium to play Arizona State on Saturday?

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TEMPE, Ariz. — So, who is it going to be?

Which Washington State football team will show up at Sun Devil Stadium to play Arizona State on Saturday?

It could be the Cougars in Salt Lake City two weeks ago, the ones whose effort "bordered on cowardice" at times, according to coach Mike Leach, the ones who lost 49-6 to a Utah team that is 4-6.

Or it could be the Cougars (2-8, 0-7 Pac-12) who dug a 37-7 halftime hole against UCLA last week before scratching their way to a more respectable 44-36 loss, one coaches and players both insist would have been theirs for the taking if not for a series of special-teams mishaps in the first half.

"I think the biggest thing we have to do is take a step and get better this week," center Elliott Bosch said. "We took a step when we played Stanford and then we took a step back when we played Utah. We took a step forward this week, and then we just have to build on that."

This will also be the first time WSU plays a game since the school announced it was investigating claims made by former receiver Marquess Wilson that players had been abused, both physically and verbally, by the coaches.

Investigators have concluded interviews and are now compiling information, according to a source. But if the players are distracted, they aren't showing it.

"I do think we've got a bunch of guys starting to get it here," Leach said Tuesday. "We had a real enthusiastic day today. Chemistry's a lot of any team sport, and our chemistry's as good now as it's been since I've been here."

Is it good enough, though, to help WSU snap its seven-game losing streak and secure its first conference victory of the season?

ASU hasn't won recently, either. The Sun Devils (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) have lost four games in a row to teams currently ranked in the Top 25.

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