HOT COUGAR ACTION: Saturday Morning Open Thread

The Cougars may not be playing today, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty going on in the world of college football. It's the first Saturday of college football which should probably be a national holiday.

With the start of the season, ESPN's College GameDay will also make it's 2013 debut today. That, of course, means the Washington State flag will once again by flying.

If you're wondering what you should be watching this morning, Andy Hutchins of SB Nation's Alligator Army and other places has you covered.

Morning Block (9 a.m. to noon Eastern)

First Choice: Notre Dame vs. Navy (9 a.m. Eastern, CBS). The game, being played in Dublin, kicks off at 9 a.m., meaning that you will be able to watch live football with your cereal or eggs or crepes. This could be a game between Texas State and Purdue and it would still be the first choice, because live action trumps studio shows by merely being football and not talk about it, but Notre Dame will be without Tommy Rees and Cierre Wood

Last Button Option: College GameDay (9-10 a.m. on ESPNU, 10-noon on ESPN) is on, and there will be fun stuff to see there during commercial breaks, surely, but I can't in good conscience recommend that over the possibility of Navy beating the Irish in front of the Irish.

Cover The Spread: Eggs make a good morning meal for anyone heading out to tailgate in the sun on the first day of September. Pancakes and waffles are slightly less advisable.

You can find the schedule for the entire day right here. Cancel your trip to the Home Depot, forget the garage sale down the street, college football is back and it's time to celebrate.

Football

Cougars’ fragile psyche not in Leach’s playbook | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
Mike Leach said he was "surprised" and "disappointed" about the offense’s poor execution in his first game as Washington State’s coach, but he seemed even more surprised and disappointed at his team’s grit – or lack thereof.

Cougars know they need alterations - Spokesman.com - Aug. 31, 2012
PULLMAN – The Washington State Cougars returned home in Friday morning’s wee hours, attended classes and practiced for about an hour last night after their disappointing season-opening loss at Brigham Young.

WSU Cougars must regroup after loss - Spokesman.com - Sept. 1, 2012
PULLMAN – The Washington State Cougars returned home in Friday morning’s wee hours, attended classes and practiced for about an hour last night after their disappointing season-opening loss at Brigham Young.

Cougs bounce back with brief, spirited practice - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 31, 2012
There is no rest for the weary, or for Washington State, which might have fit that description last night in Provo. But Friday? The Cougars seemed relatively upbeat in their brief, evening practice tonight. Read on for some more notes.

Expressing concern, not panic, over Mike Leach's Washington State debut | The Brewery | The Seattle Times
And so, with Mike Leach tripping on the red carpet in first game at Washington State, a time-honored football tradition of overreaction commences.

WSU Athletics

Yale Rosen Among Top Prospects in Collegiate Summer Leagues - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Yale Rosen of the Washington State baseball team was named a top prospect for the 2012 summer collegiate leagues by Baseball America, earlier this week.

Cougar Soccer Comes From Behind to Defeat San Diego - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
LOS ANGELES - Washington State women's soccer gathered its first road victory, downing San Diego 2-1 in its first match of the USC Futbol Classic, Friday.

WSU sweeps Alabama State in volleyball - Spokesman.com - Sept. 1, 2012
The Washington State volleyball team opened play in the Cougar Challenge with straight-sets wins over Alabama State and Seattle Friday night in Pullman.

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