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Informal CougCenter Meetup Today, Plus My Cross Post

Just wanted to let you all know that I'll be at the pregame party at Fuel near Pioneer Square today at around 3 p.m. for anyone who would like to do a little meetup. You can call me or text me at 646-820-2684 if you want to try and find me -- I'd love to meet and talk with any or all of you who will be going to the game.

Also, Jim Moore posted my guest post over at his site -- you can find that here if you're interested in reading it. Here's a piece:

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of this game against OSU. The Cougars are favored for the first time in goodness knows how long, and if they have any hope of reaching a bowl game, this is pretty much a must-win game. I always hate using that term, because I feel like the only must-win game is the one that ends your season, but for all practical purposes, it’s hard to look at the final five games – which include contests against Oregon and Arizona State – and see the Cougs going 3-2.

And if you figure a bowl appearance is the minimum standard for Paul Wulff to retain his job (I’m not convinced it is, by the way, but we’ll go with it for now), the game takes on even another level of importance.

The thing I’m finding fascinating in the buildup to the game is that it seems fans are basically expecting a win – and a decisive one at that. For a program that so regularly had its collective face kicked in over the past three years, I think it’s fascinating that fans are expecting so much.

And I’m not sure it’s realistic.