The day before the day

WSU Athletic Communications

Most of the preparation is in the books did the Cougars do enough to create some separation?

Although they haven't met on the field since 2007, there's been quite a bit of conflict between WSU and Idaho recently. There was the fight last summer which ended Mansel Simmons' football career and that is only the start of it.

Remember Maxx Forde? The son of Brian Forde, Maxx was set to follow his father's path and verbally committed to the Cougars in 2010. That was only the tip of the iceberg, however, with Forde jumping to Idaho on signing day and later saying Paul Wulff threatened to pull Forde's offer if he didn't verbally commit. There was also a back and forth in the media with Wulff blaming Maxx's parents and Brian saying Idaho outrecruited Wulff. Fun times. Bud Withers has more on Forde in the links.

There were also the comments former WSU linebacker coach Jeff Choate made about Idaho last year. Following Idaho's game against LSU, Choate didn't mince words about the Vandals' status as an independent.

"It's really not right what (Idaho) is doing to its players in letting them get beat so they can get a paycheck," Choate said.

Rob Akey, then Idaho's head coach, shot back at Choate saying he should be more worried about Washington State. If those two coaches were still around, there may be some extra bulletin board material this week, but that's diminished somewhat since neither will be on the sidelines tomorrow.

Football:

Breske speaks, plus Thursday Night Football - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 19, 2013
This was a pretty standard Thursday night practice, with abridged scout and special-teams work followed by the usual scrimmage between the lesser-used and younger players.

Local flavor of WSU-Idaho game starts with QBs - Spokesman.com - Sept. 19, 2013
As Washington State readied for its Sept. 7 game against Southern California, quarterback Connor Halliday was monitoring the preparations of another school, too. Ferris High School opened its season against Central Valley on Sept. 6, and coach Jim Sharkey’s cellphone lit up frequently with text messages from Halliday, the fourth-year WSU junior and former Saxon.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 4 - ESPN
Kevin Gemmell: There is always bad blood between these schools -- which led to actual blood during the summer. The Cougs are clicking while the Vandals are in shambles. Feel pretty confident picking WSU in this rivalry game. Washington State 35, Idaho 7.

Maxx Forde, son of former WSU star Brian Forde, still feels good about picking Idaho | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times

Maxx Forde was the son of a Cougar, and not just any one. Back in 1986, Brian Forde established a season record for tackles that still stands at Washington State.

Dad's Weekend Football Game Sold Out - Washington State University Official Athletic Site

Washington State University's Dad's Weekend football game versus Oregon State on Oct. 12 is sold out, the school announced Thursday.

WSU News Center - WSU readies for Homecoming and the Battle of the Palouse

PULLMAN, Wash. – It’s Homecoming and the Battle of the Palouse this weekend at Washington State University, where a full slate of events will begin Friday and continue throughout the day on Saturday until the 2-1 Cougars take the field at Martin Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with the Vandals of the University of Idaho.

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