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Believe it: Cougs are 2-0

What is going on in the football world? The Oakland Raiders, who hadn't won a season opener since 2002, are 1-0, and the Washington State Cougars are 2-0.

As weird as it feels to say, I wouldn't be surprised if the Cougs get to 3-0.

Wazzu quarterback Marshall Lobbestael has exceeded expectations since Jeff Tuel went down with a broken collarbone. He went crazy against UNLV last weekend with 24 completions, five touchdowns and 361 yards. Saturday, he will face a San Diego State defense ranked sixth in the FBS against the pass, but it's not exactly impressive when you consider the Aztecs' opponents have gone 9-of-21 in two games and gotten 21 yards per completion. Even though the Cougs won't be inside the cozy confines of Martin Stadium this weekend, expect Lobbestael and his receivers to exploit a few weaknesses in the Aztecs' defense.

Another wide margin of victory appears likely — a huge confidence booster to the Cougs as they enter their bye week. The road will only get tougher from here because Pac-12 play is on the other side of the bye week, but at least the Cougs and their fans know they can beat teams they are expected to beat.

Saturday's game in San Diego will be televised on the Mtn. (the Mountain West Sports Network) at 3:30 p.m. on DirecTV Channel 616. Dish and Charter customers appear to be out of luck on this one, but you can listen to it on KONA 610 AM, KGDC 1320 AM and KWIQ 1020 AM.

Meanwhile, Washington fans are gearing up for Saturday's Holiday Bowl rematch against Nebraska. The game begins at 12:30 p.m. on ABC.