HOT COUGAR ACTION: WSU Vs. USC, Gameday Edition

I'm going to keep it brief here. Read Brian's post below for what you should be looking for today, as well as you morning college football action discussion needs. 

Two things I will note.

Cougar Prowl - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE - Blog
What was previously known as the "Cougar Pride Walk," will now forever be known as "Cougar Prowl." It will begin Saturday at 9:45 a.m. at the Cougar Pride statue, located next to the WSU Athletics Ticket Office on Stadium Way.

You've got an hour to get there. And ...

Washington State flag tradition will carry on during Boise stop | Sports | Idaho Statesman
The blue turf of Bronco Stadium will be the most visible school symbol during Saturday's "College GameDay" broadcast from Bronco Stadium.

But I'm sure you already knew that if you're watching GameDay right now.

On to the links! (h/t to Vince Grippi for the USC links this morning.)

WSU News

Cougars must win in trenches - Spokesman.com - Sept. 25, 2010
The Trojans, using four running backs extensively, are averaging almost 200 yards a game, bringing balance – quarterback Matt Barkley averages 217 yards a game and completes 65.5 percent of his passes – to an offense that became pass-dependent at times in the Carroll era.

2 Minute Drill - Spokesman.com - Sept. 25, 2010
The top four tailbacks on USC’s stat sheet all can run and they average nearly 6 feet and 217 pounds. That is bigger than five of the Washington State defensive starters – linebacker Myron Beck and the entire secondary. Which makes it imperative the WSU defensive line maintains gap control, forcing the Trojans’ backs to negotiate some traffic before they get to second level.

It’s Trojans’ turn to make the obligatory Palouse trek | MORE TOP SPORTS - The News Tribune
One of the rites of autumn is the annual tale of woe expressed by the USC or UCLA football teams when they are forced – and "forced" is the only way to describe it – to make their way to tiny, isolated Pullman.

Local News | No. 20 USC seeking 4-0 start at Washington State | Seattle Times Newspaper
The last time No. 20 Southern California came to Pullman, the Trojans laid a 69-0 licking on Washington State that was the worst loss in the program's history. No one is predicting that sort of outcome when the teams play again Saturday.

Cougars | Scouting report: USC at Washington State | Seattle Times Newspaper

Scout.com: Seen & Heard on Planet Coug
WHEN WASHINTON STATE tied SMU at 14 last week courtesy of Kyle McCartney’s endzone recovery of a Mustang return man’s muffed handling of a punt, you could almost hear the collective Cougar Nation ask: Who is Kyle McCartney? The short answer is that he’s a third-year sophomore walk on from Edmonds. The long answer is more impressive.

Scout.com: For old Coug, loss of USC son still a mystery
With the Cougs and Trojans doing battle Saturday, the verbal jousting should be well underway in the Danelo household. But it’s not. And the pain is deep.

Scout.com: The Moos Era could run 20-plus years
BILL MOOS' recent hiring of Mike Marlow as a senior associate athletic director at Washington State garnered little more than a footnote in the daily newspapers. But it’s a hire that could, if all the pieces fall into place, set up WSU for an uninterrupted run of 20-plus years of top-flight leadership out of the Bohler Complex.

USC News

USC feeling the pressure from ... Wazzu? - LA Daily News
It's in the middle of nowhere and there's nothing but a football stadium," USC quarterback Matt Barkley said, when asked what he heard about this area. "Hopefully it's not that bad.

USC's Shareece Wright hoping for a bigger challenge against Washington State - latimes.com
The senior cornerback is the most experienced member of the Trojans' secondary but has been left alone as teams have gone after younger players.

USC looking for a complete-game victory ... in football - latimes.com
The No. 20 Trojans are 3-0 but have been so unimpressive that they've dropped six spots in the AP poll. Saturday's game at Washington State offers a chance for the Trojans to end September with a strong all-around performance, before the schedule turns mean next month.

Other WSU News

Volleyball Drops Pac-10 Opener at Oregon - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The No. 15 Oregon Ducks volleyball team remained undefeated after downing Washington State 25-19, 25-13, and 25-15 before 1,173 fans in the Pacific-10 Conference opener at McArthur Court in Eugene. Meagan Ganzer led the Cougars (6-5 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) with 10 kills while Brittany Tillman had three blocks.

WSU Completes Day One of Cougar Classic - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The Washington State University women's tennis team completed a successful first day at the 2010 Cougar Classic at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. The Cougars had eight of 10 players advance to the round of 16 in singles and two doubles teams are playing in the semifinals.

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