Hot Cougar Action: Can the Cougars close the season strong?

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

WSU has played better in recent weeks, but can they close the season strong?

Jeff brought up an interesting question on Twitter last night and I'll never turn down a morning link post topic, so take it away Nusser:

The Cougars are coming off arguably their best overall performance of the season. As Jeff noted in a later tweet, it will be interesting to see if they come out looking to build on that or come out satisfied with a decent showing against a good team and mail in the rest of the season.

Here is a closer look at WSU's remaining schedule:

@ Utah

vs. UCLA

@ ASU

vs. Washington

Like WSU, all four teams remaining on the schedule have been up-and-down this season. All four have looked very good at times and very beatable at others. If I had to make a prediction at this moment, I'd go 1-3, but I think you could make a decent argument for anything at this point.

Like any good CougCenter post, I've included a poll below, so vote and let us know what you think.

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Football

Utah football: Utes DE Reilly has admiration for Washington coach Leach | The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham isn’t the only one with close ties to Washington State Mike Leach. Utah defensive end Trevor Reilly signed with Texas Tech out of high school before going on a mission.

Utah’s record improves greatly at home - Spokesman.com - Nov. 1, 2012
PULLMAN – Utah’s record is not impressive. Utah’s record at home, however, is another matter. So is the way the Utes play there.

Washington State (2-6) at Utah (3-5) (ET) | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
GAME NOTES: Washington State attempts to get into the win column in Pac-12 conference play for the first time when the Cougars travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium to square off with the Utah Utes.

Utah football: Whittingham and Leach, the Pac-12’s odd couple | The Salt Lake Tribune
One favors an all-out air attack on offense while the other prefers a more conservative approach. One is so methodical in his comments and is often described as guarded or private. The other is rarely known to hold back, even comparing his own players to corpses just a couple of weeks ago.

Washington State Cougars at Utah Utes: Preview, prediction, TV info - CBSSports.com
Watchability: If you only have time to watch one Pac-12 game on Saturday, don't make it this one. USC-Oregon, Arizona-UCLA and Oregon State-Arizona State are all better options.

Basketball

Are We There Yet? Cougars Anxious To Get Season Started - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |
Most everyone by now has had an exhibition game. Not Washington State. The Cougars hold their first and only preseason game on Tuesday – four days before the start of the regular season.

WSU Athletics

Cougars Host Huskies on Pac-12 Networks for Final Match of Regular Season - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State soccer (11-6-1, 5-4-1 Pac-12) will host Pac-12 rival Washington for its final match of the 2012 regular season...the battle of the Evergreen State schools will be regionally televised on the Pac-12 networks, marking the Cougars' seventh appearance on the Pac-12 Networks this season...the match is slated to begin at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 at Lower Soccer Field...live stats will be available at wsucougars.com.

Volleyball Sweeps Colorado for Pac-12 Win - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN -- Ver'Leea Hardaway's 15 kills and five blocks led the Washington State volleyball team (11-14, 1-12 Pac-12) to a 25-21, 25-9, 25-19 win over Colorado (14-11, 4-9) Wednesday night in Bohler Gym. This is the first conference win for the Cougars this season.

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