A mix of football and basketball

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Cougar basketball was in the news on Thursday and it wasn't even because a player got suspended!

With the issues the WSU football program has had over the past decade, there hasn't been a lot of overlap between football and basketball. The football season is usually in the books well before basketball season begins to heat up. The two worlds collided a bit on Thursday with Ken Bone and DaVonte Lacy taking part in Pac-12 media day.

WSU was picked to finish last in the media poll which Jeff covered here with the other tidbits from media day.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled football links.

Football:

WSU has work cut out at Oregon - Spokesman.com - Oct. 17, 2013
Many schools have tried to stop the Oregon football team, just about none have succeeded. But a year ago, Washington State took some air out of the Ducks’ tires, for two quarters at least. The Cougars went into the halftime trailing UO by a scant 23-19 margin.

Pac-12 picks, Week 8 | Pac-12 Confidential | Seattle Times
Washington State (plus 39) at Oregon — In week two, I was convinced 21.5 points was too much for Oregon against Virginia. And I was wrong. In week six, I was sure 39 was too high for Oregon against Colorado. Wrong again. Last week, I thought 14 was too ambitious for the Ducks against Washington. Again, bad call. Now I’m telling you 39 is too much for Oregon against the Cougars. And you can take that for what it’s worth. Oregon 47, WSU 27.

Bledsoe: I Felt Like The Ducks Picked on Me
Former NFL Pro Bowler and former Washington State Cougars quarterback Drew Bledsoe joined host John Canzano Thursday afternoon on The Bald Faced Truth to talk wine and the upcoming Ducks and Washington State Game.

Five questions about the WSU Cougars with Howie Stalwick, who covers the Cougs for a variety of publications and websites | OregonLive.com

Howie Stalwick, a freelance writer who covers the Washington State football team, answered five questions about the Cougars, who play Oregon in 7 p.m. game on Saturday in Autzen Stadium. What happened to Washington State in the fourth quarter against Oregon State last weekU of O football: Ducks focused on Washington State | Statesman Journal | statesmanjournal.com

The first Bowl Championship Series Standings will be released Sunday and Oregon is projected to be second behind Alabama.?

Basketball:

Cougars Participate in Pac-12 Media Day - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State University basketball head coach Ken Bone and junior guard DaVonté Lacy participated in Pac-12 Media Day held at the Pac-12 Networks’ studios in San Francisco.

Pac-12: WSU basketball gets no respect - Spokesman.com - Oct. 17, 2013
The Washington State basketball team won’t be burdened by expectations in the 2013-14 season. The Cougars – picked by the Pac-12 media to finish last in the conference – will still have a yoke to bear, however: the weight of proving everyone wrong.

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