HOT COUGAR ACTION: Is It Saturday Yet?

When it comes to college football schedules, I'm a traditionalist. I think every game should be played on Saturday, preferably in the afternoon. However, if Larry Scott were to clap his hands and magically change the schedule so WSU kicked off their season tonight, I wouldn't mind it one bit.

Instead, we have four more days of practice reports, game previews and other WSU related articles to link. On the bright side, you should have plenty to read over the coming days including position previews that Brian and I fell behind on but will now begin to bombard you with. 

WSU Cougar Football

WSU begins game week with spirited practice - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 29, 2011
Washington State is off the field after its first workout of the Idaho State game week and there was a different feel to tonight's practice. Read on.

First Look at Idaho State - Spokesman.com - Aug. 29, 2011
Our weekly First Look at the upcoming Washington State opponent features Idaho State with first-year coach Mike Kramer.

Cougars Set to Open 2011 Season Against Idaho State - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team begins its 116th season when it faces Idaho State University at Martin Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 4. Gametime is set for 2 p.m. and can be heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network and will be webcast on wsucougars.com. The Cougars serve as the hosts for the inaugural meeting between the two programs as former WSU assistant Mike Kramer begins his first season as the Bengals head coach.

Washington State football will improve this season
There is no doubt that this is the last chance for Washington State coach Paul Wulff to turn things around in Pullman. In Wulff’s four seasons, Washington State is a dismal 5-32. Most of the 32 losses haven’t been close.

Pac-12 football: Ranking the schedules | College Hotline
12. Washington State: The Cougars have what looks to be the softest non-conference schedule in the Pac-12 with Idaho State, UNLV and San Diego State (in somewhat of a rebuilding mode after losing  its head coach and the bulk of its defense). WSU also misses USC and gets Stanford at home. Overall, it’s a schedule well-suited to helping Paul Wulff save his job.

Silver Creek quarterback Austin Apodaca gains national reputation - The Denver Post
When the process began, Austin Apodaca was receiving interest from colleges where their hats and hoodies could be found only in the school bookstores. By the time the transformation was complete for the Silver Creek quarterback, offers were filtering in from schools whose merchandise is commonplace in national sports stores.

Other WSU Athletic News

Celebrate College Colors Day in Pullman - WSUCougars.com
Pullman, WA. - Have you ever thought about wearing your game day apparel to class or the office? Could you ever imagine your colleagues chanting your teams fight song during work hours or classmates arriving to class covered in crimson and gray body paint? If you are looking for an excuse to support your team not only on game days, look no further than College Colors Day. It's so easy, anyone can do it.

Cougars Spend Summer Giving Back to the Palouse - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Although things tend to slow down in Pullman during the summer, the Washington State University men's basketball team didn't. The Cougars instead took advantage of being in town for the summer, participating in several activities to help reach out to the Palouse community.

400m Hurdles Men Heat 5 WC Athletics Daegu 2011 (via czatletika)

College Football BlogPoll

College Football Rankings: BlogPoll Has Alabama, Not Oklahoma, As 2011 Preseason No. 1 - SBNation.com
The first BlogPoll of the 2011 college football season is out. And Alabama, not Oklahoma, takes the top spot.

A WSU Athletics Video Where Football Players Dance and Ride a Horse

Cougar Football: Team BBQ and Luau (via WSUCougarAthletics)

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