HOT COUGAR ACTION: The Day Before The Game

Sorry we're so late today. It's been one heckuva week for me. No time to write, so here are the links.

Oh, and I promised friend of the site/Go 2 Guy/radio personality Jim Moore that I'd plug his appearance on Saturday at the Performance Grill in Auburn. He'll be there for the game, so go hang out with a good guy and drown your miseries enjoy the football together.

WSU News

WSU has to solve SMU's puzzling defense - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 17, 2010
While at Hawaii, Jones’ teams were in the top five nationally in total offense all eight years. But the Southern Methodist University team that hosts Washington State today (12:30 p.m. PDT, CBS College Sports) may just be stronger on the other side of the ball.

The Drill is mad as hell, but a Coug for life - SeattlePI.com
My alter ego, the Drill, isn't happy about the direction of the Washington State football program, but he'll always be loyal to his alma mater, especially if they cover the spread.

Cougars prepare for SMU's run-and-shoot - Spokesman.com - Sept. 16, 2010
Now comes WSU vs. SMU, Part Deux. But Saturday’s sequel in Dallas may have a different plot line. "They’re speed is dramatically improved," WSU coach Paul Wulff said. "Their quarterback, Kyle Padron, he’s a real good football player. … They’ve seemed to stabilize the quarterback situation, which, in that offense, is particularly important."

Another freshman will play for WSU - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 16, 2010
Wade Jacobson won the left guard battle this week, though Tyson Pencer should see quite a few snaps there. It’s humid here in Dallas and the temperature is more than 90 degrees – and it’s almost 8. Expect a lot of subs on the O-line.

Scout.com: SMU 101: Cougs eye repeat vs. new-look Stangs
The Mustangs come into this Dallas rematch looking far more balanced than they did last season. They're by no means equally balanced, but they are more balanced. In last week's 28-7 win over UAB, the Mustangs passed for 153 yards and rush for 108. The week before, in a 35-27 loss to Texas Tech they passed for 218 and ran for 109.

EA Super Sim Friday, Plus More Video
Maybe you haven't been following along, but, this whole "EA Super Sim" thing? So far it's been perfect in predicting games. Last week it wasn't so accurate on some of the final scores, but still, it has correctly picked every winner we have simulated thus far. Kind of weird if you ask me, but kind of cool too. 3-0 the first week, 6-0 last week, 9-0 total. Not bad! With that, let's look at week 3 around the Pac-10, and what the magic of the XBox has to say.

WSU safety has sights on courtroom | The Columbian
Indeed, Chima Nwachukwu (CHEE-muh WATCH-uh-koo) plans to become a federal prosecutor and does not rule out going into politics some day. He hopes to be accepted into Stanford Law School after he takes a year off to study for his entrance exams once he finishes work on a political science degree at Washington State in May.

WSU football: Pac-10 picks, and a look at blitzing | Moscow-Pullman Daily News Blogs

Athletics Director Bill Moos Weekly Podcast - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE - Blog
The weekly podcast with Athletics Director Bill Moos is now posted on the WSUCougars.com Podcast Network page.

A few more WSU related items are after the jump, including video of Paul Wulff's Thursday press conference. Also, some Pac-10 and general college football stuff.

Men's Golf Takes on Tough Field at Husky Invitational - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The Washington State University men's golf team will travel to Seattle for the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational, Sept. 20-21. The Tournament will be held at the Washington National Golf Club, with 36 holes played Monday and 18 holes played Tuesday. Both days will begin with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Pac-10 News

Pac-10 football: Picks of the Week (Big Saturday is here) | College Hotline
It’s the defining weekend for the conference with six games against AQ-conference teams, four against ranked teams and two against top-10 teams.

General College Football

Week 3 College Football Buffet: Previewing Every Game So You Know Which To Consume - SBNation.com
Let's find out what looks tasty and what might be worth pushing to the side of your plate in this weekend's college football buffet. (All times are Eastern.)

NCAA Football Rootability Index, Week 3: Alabama Vs. Duke Presents Unprecedented Cheering Challenge - SBNation.com
Every week, the Rootability Index attempts to help the non-invested college football fan lean one way or another in this week's slate of games using the same logic the random fan uses: that is, none at all.

College Football TV Schedule Week 3: What Games To Watch And When - SBNation.com
Here is SB Nation's list of college football games that are televised regionally and nationally for this third weekend of college football.

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