They aren't just losing to their biggest rival, they've gotten blown out in each of those games. Petersen knows how to defend the fruity tooty pass 70 times a game and play no defense soft as butter Leach
Have you ever been to Pullman? It's god awful and you will be hard pressed to ever consistently win up there, nor get a better coach to start there. He's not going to her fired, he will eventually leave on his own. Leach has given them something reliable on the offensive side but inevitably teams can shut down lesser talented foes. UW takes serious pride in beating the shit out of them so that may not change soon, but I will credit him in making the program consistently respectable and this coming from a UW alum who hates that shit hole school.
Bad matchup for WSU. The way to beat Air Force is pound it right at them with bigger athletes. When they play a big power they can be manhandled on defense. The Air Raid is a bad match up for that, all the things it does such as neutralize a rush and force teams to defend the width of the field are probably what Air Force can handle best with good discipline but not elite size or athleticsm. WSU is not deep with a run stopping offense. They probably have a better team but the academies really get up for bowl games and I don't think Leach and his boys are going to be that excited for this one.