HOT COUGAR ACTION: A Special Afternoon Edition

What the heck is this? A second Hot Cougar Action in one day? With the Internet essentially bursting at the seems with WSU content and kickoff still five hours away, we're going with a special afternoon edition of the HCA to get you caught up on all the latest.

First, a quick note for those of you who will be in attendance. BYU is staging a white out so if you were planning on wearing a white shirt, you should probably dye it crimson. Either that or just wear a crimson shirt instead, your choice.

I think we've had roughly nine million posts in the last week so let's start by getting you caught up on all of the recent CougCenter content.

If you are looking for a depth chart to tonight's game, Brian wrote about it here and here. Mike Leach isn't listed on the depth chart but Michael still called him this week's most important person. Speaking of Leach, Craig wrote about slow offensive starts while Brian covered Leach's return not once, but twice.

As far as BYU goes, Craig previewed the offense and the defense while I polled the community on who will win. Jeff and Brian caught up with Vince Grippi to get his thoughts on the game and Jeff also broke down three things he wants to see tonight.

If you are interested in throwing some sauce on this pasta, you can find Sherwood's betting guide right here. You can use those picks when you join our College Football Pick 'Em Contest. Finally, if you want to call me an idiot in three months you can save this post of 2012 stat projections.

After all of that, if you still want more we have some fresh links after the jump.

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A Letter from AD Bill Moos - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
What an amazing nine months this has been. In fact, it has been transformational. Not just for our football program, but for our university. Why? The answer is simple - you.

Video: Mike Leach era begins at WSU - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Ted Miller previews Game 1 of the Mike Leach era as the Cougars travel to face BYU on Thursday night.

Washington State Cougars Football Preview: Let The Mike Leach Era Begin - SB Nation Seattle
What you have just read is a possible audio recording of the 2012 Apple Cup after Mike Leach unleashes a live bear that he caught out in the wild, onto the field for an added edge. At this point, after an offseason filled with wild stories and unprecedented happenings in the Palouse, anything is possible.

College football: Why the Washington State Cougars will finish 6-6 | The Brewery | The Seattle Times
Expanding this annual prediction post to include Washington State is long overdue. It only took Mike Leach coming to Pullman to make it happen. See, the coach is already spurring an incredible turnaround.

GAMEDAY: Mike Leach, WSU Make Debut Against BYU - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State and Mike Leach are off to a fresh start, as they take on BYU Thursday night in a nationally televised game in Provo.

The Battle of the Cougars | The Universe
The battle of the Cougars could come down to which team can make a defensive stop in the offensive-focused game.

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