For the second year in a row, Washington State is one of the worst football teams in the nation. The Cougars (1-9, 0-7 Pac-10) rank near...

PULLMAN — For the second year in a row, Washington State is one of the worst football teams in the nation.

The Cougars (1-9, 0-7 Pac-10) rank near the bottom of the 120 major college teams in both offense and defense, and numerous other categories. They are 31-point underdogs at home against No. 20 Oregon State (7-3, 5-2) on Saturday.

They may also be without starting quarterback Jeff Tuel, who is listed as questionable for the game with a knee injury. They would start either Marshall Lobbestael or Kevin Lopina if Tuel cannot play.

Washington State coach Paul Wulff maintains his rebuilding effort will pay dividends.

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“We are playing a tremendous amount of young, young, young guys, and they make mistakes,” Wulff said after Saturday’s 43-7 loss to UCLA. “The tough times we live today, we gain from down the road because they play, they learn and they grow up.”

Against UCLA, Washington State was limited to 181 total yards. Quarterbacks Lobbestael and Lopina combined to go 9 of 20 for 108 yards.

“We thought we would give it a better go,” receiver Jeffrey Solomon said. “We just need to keep battling, and get back to practice and keep working at it.”

The 1969 WSU team was 1-9, the 1970 team was 1-10.

Last year, WSU finished 2-10 and was outscored by an average of 43-12. The Cougars have appeared only a little more competitive this year. They are still being outscored 39-13.