Washington State has lost three straight games by big scores and is in danger of missing out on a bowl game again.

But coach Mike Leach says many of his team's problems aren't between the sidelines: They are between the ears.

Leach says many of his players are overthinking game situations, trying to anticipate every contingency. That has the effect of slowing down their reaction time.

Washington State (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) has its second and last bye of the football season this week. The Cougars play at Arizona on Nov. 16.

In their last game, they were routed 55-21 by Arizona State on Halloween night.