HOT COUGAR ACTION: Friday Morning Links

A few quick notes to get to today starting with some starting quarterback news. While Mike Leach isn't likely to publicly name a starting quarterback, we can essentially figure it out based on the week of practice. Jeff Tuel practiced some, but Connor Halliday handled the bulk of the reps, including on Thursday. Via Christian Caple.

There's no reason to think Connor Halliday won't start at quarterback on Saturday. The sophomore from Spokane took starter's reps during the scout-team session as Jeff Tuel watched.

If I were Nuss I'd say I'd eat my shoe if Halliday doesn't start, but I'm not that crazy.

In other football news, WSU announced a home-and-home series with Wyoming on Thursday. The Cougars will host the Cowboys in 2015 before traveling to Laramie in 2018. With that addition, here is a look at WSU tentative future non-conference opponents.

2015: @ Wisconsin, vs. Wyoming

2018: @ Wyoming, vs. San Jose State

The WSU women's soccer team made a few headlines Thursday night by playing to a 0-0 draw on the road against No. 2 UCLA. Earning one point on the road against one of the top teams in the country is a solid way to start the conference schedule.

Finally, former Cougar tight end Tony Thompson, completed a 10-day, 150-mile run from Vantage to Pullman Thursday. I get tired even thinking about driving from Vantage to Pullman, yet alone running it. That might be more impressive than the great one-handed catch he made against Stanford.

Football

Pac-12 chat wrap - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Minty Fresh (SF) Do the Cougs finally have a break out game and run a consistent offense? Ted Miller (3:29 PM) Minty Fresh! IS that you Christopher Moore? I always knew you were a reader! Hey, it's a dirty job. I don't know if we'll be able to tell much with the Cougs at home against Colorado. I mean, is it a failure if they don't drub the Buffs by as much as Fresno State did? I expect WSU to steadily improve as it gets more comfortable with Leach and his schemes.

Colorado says Washington State spread offense better than its stats - The Denver Post

Just watch some tape of Leach's former Texas Tech teams, Colorado defensive coordinator Greg Brown said. "He's awesome. The guy is an offensive genius," Brown said of the first-year Cougars coach. "The level that he competed in the Big 12 South, year in and year out, competing against Texas and Oklahoma and Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, that's staggering. You stand up and salute that."

Pac-12 football: Picks of the Week (Will the South rise?) | College Hotline

COLORADO (plus-14.5) at WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars haven’t been a multi-touchdown favorite in a conference game in years — the line has jumped to 17 — and should dominate the only winless AQ-conference team in the country. Pick: Washington State.

College football predictions: Week 4 | Berry Tramel's Blog

Colorado at Washington State: Cougars 49-20. I wish Mike Leach was back in the Big 12. The only thing I miss about Colorado is the view from the Folsom Field pressbox.

Washington State, Wyoming Announce Football Series Beginning 2015 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University and the University of Wyoming will play a home-and-home football series beginning in 2015, it was announced by both schools Thursday.

WSU News Center - Cougs open Pac-12 conference play with Colorado

PULLMAN, Wash. – It’s Homecoming weekend at WSU, with a full slate of events beginning Friday and concluding with the Cougar men’s football team Pac-12 conference opener with the visiting Buffaloes from Colorado University. Game time is 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Halliday on Facing Buffs: 'We need to be better in the Pac-12' - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |

The non-conference slate was a mixed bag for Washington State: a loss to BYU, a win over EWU and a win against UNLV. But now the real test begins.

Wash St. next up to rip Buffs - BostonHerald.com

The hottest coaching seat in the country belongs to Colorado’s Jon Embree. Embree, who took over the struggling CU program last season, has posted a 3-13 record in Boulder. That includes this year’s 0-3 start, in which the Buffs have lost to in-state rival Colorado State, FCS school Sacramento State and Fresno State.

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