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HOT COUGAR ACTION: The Day Before The Day

Well, here we go. It's almost time to begin Pac-12 play and see how WSU will rebound from the SDSU loss. This game was often pointed to as a measuring stick for the program's progress and while I don't think tomorrow's result will dictate the rest of the season, it will surely impact the next week.

A win, and the Cougars will carry a lot of momentum into the UCLA game. The possible return of Jeff Tuel will only add to the fun, causing serious overcrowding on the WulfWagon. Recs will flow like rum and crush at the Rancourt house.

A loss, especially a blowout, will lead to a terrible week. Tuel's return will be considered the only glimmer of hope. CougCenter will be filled with the kind of threads no one likes to read. The phrase "subthread closed" will be used at least four times.

Hopefully, in his pregame speech, Paul Wulff will emphasize the fact they are playing for the sake of the CougCenter community. "Do you want innocent people to feel the wrath of the Nusser ban hand? NO! Now go out there and bring home a W!"

WSU about done with Colorado prep - SportsLink - - Sept. 29, 2011
No surprises from Thursday's practice, as Washington State spent the usual hour-plus fine-tuning the game plan for Saturday's game at Colorado. Read on.

WSU will keep tabs on Colorado's Richardson - - Sept. 29, 2011
PULLMAN – When is a career day a bad thing? Colorado sophomore wide receiver Paul Richardson knows the answer to that question.

College Football Hist-O-Graph Project - #6: Washington State Cougars - The Ralphie Report
This week the Hist-O-Graph goes provincial, I focus on our first official Pac-12 opponent: the Washington State Cougars.  If you're confused, the first article explains everything* and a link can be found after the jump. The Washington State Cougars Hist-O-Graph: Just...How?

Cougar Athletic Fund Seattle Coaches Luncheon
It's on October 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott. Tickets are $40 for CAF members, $50 for non-members. You can find out more and purchase your tickets at the above link.

Colorado Buffaloes Vs. Washington State Cougars: The Key Matchups - The Ralphie Report
Sorry for the delay in getting this article written. Things have been getting a little busier for me (in a good way). But enough about me! Let's get to them Buffaloes! This week our 1-3 Buffs take on the recently much-maligned (though less so this season) Cougars of Washington State. Despite losing their starting QB, they've been putting up some crazy numbers on offense and are currently 2-1. This is both teams first conference game, though, which means that those records don't matter one bit. (Interesting tidbit, both the Buffs and the Cougs are the last two teams in the Pac-12 who haven't played a conference game yet...interesting, though completely meaningless)

WSU Vs. Colorado: Marshall Lobbestael Will Have To Get Off To Hot Start Against Buffs - SB Nation Seattle
The Washington St. Cougars managed a pretty solid 2-1 record through the month of September and actually legitimately blowing out their opponents. However, the true tests begin in October as conference play kicks off. The Colorado Buffaloes should be a solid enough first test for their talents.

Pac-12 football: Picks of the Week | College Hotline
WASHINGTON STATE (plus-4) at COLORADO: If WSU couldn’t stay with San Diego State, it seems to me the Cougars will have trouble with a Colorado team that’s (slightly) better than its record indicates. Pick: Colorado.

game-predictions-092911 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Colorado 31, Washington State 28: The Cougars receivers have an advantage against the Colorado secondary. But the Buffaloes defensive front seven has an advantage against the Washington State offensive line. I see Cougars quarterback Marshall Lobbestael under relentless pressure. Can he find an open man and get rid of the ball quickly? Ultimately, though, homefield is the difference in this game.

what-to-watch-092911 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Does Lobbestael get time to throw? Washington State's strong crew of receivers has a decided advantage against Colorado's secondary, which was questionable even before it got banged up. That would seem to play right into Cougars QB Marshall Lobbestael's hands. But the Buffaloes compensate for their secondary with a fierce pass rush, see 14 sacks, which leads the Pac-12. So will Lobbestael be able to punish Colorado pressure? Or will he have a long day looking up at the lights around Folsom Field?

Cougars lineman cooks up more than pancake blocks | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune

PULLMAN – Wade Jacobson said good riddance to football after his final high school game four years ago. "I hated football in high school," he said.

Cougar Throwers Raise Over at 10th Annual Car Wash - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

PULLMAN -- The Washington State University Track and Field throwers capitalized on the sunny and warm September day last Saturday and raised over $1500 for the Pullman Community Action Center and Food Bank by washing cars. This was the Cougar throwers' 10th Annual Car Wash and it was held at the Palouse Falls Brewing Company parking lot in Pullman. UPDATED: New Coug in trouble with law

UPDATED....PULLMAN – A Whitman County District Court clerk said Wednesday a bench warrant will be issued for Washington State basketball player D.J. Shelton after he failed to appear in court on a minor in possession charge for the second time. COUGAR FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

PULLMAN – Marquess Wilson leads the nation in receiving, but it seems safe to say it won’t go to Wilson’s head.

Karstetter Named Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

DALLAS - Washington State University senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy and a candidate for The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) 2011 National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, Karstetter is one of the 127 candidates for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans in higher education. The 127 nominees also comprise the list of semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.