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Cougars counting on fast start from Halliday against Rutgers

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SEATTLE — At first glance it appears that two similar teams will open their season away from home in Seattle today. Rutgers finished last season 6-7 and lost its bowl game. So did Washington State.

Both teams have inexperienced defensive backfields and both teams have experienced quarterbacks that hope to take advantage of those young secondaries. And both teams could really use a win today before attempting to navigate tough conference schedules — the Pac-12 for WSU and an inaugural run through the Big Ten for Rutgers.

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