The Washington State football team was on the practice field Tuesday, continuing their preparations for Eastern Washington on Saturday.
While Craig will detail just about everything you need to know about Eastern in his offensive and defensive preview, you can also do a little bit of homework yourself in advance of this weekend's game.
Highlights of the Eagles 20-3 win against Idaho can be found right here, although they are not the best quality. If you really want to get familiar with EWU, you can watch their entire season opener on ESPN3.
Cougars practice a bit longer - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 4, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — After a relatively short practice on Sunday and a day off, Washington State spent a solid two-and-a-half hours on Rogers Field on Tuesday. We have notes.
Mike Leach on Pac-12 coaches call - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 4, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach made a brief appearance on today's Pac-12 coaches call. Here's a recap of what he said.
Quick look at Week 2 Pac-12 games - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Eastern Washington (1-0) at Washington State (0-1) , 3 p.m., Pac-12 Network: Eastern Washington, the No. 9 FCS team, beat Idaho last weekend 20-3, so this is no gimme for the Cougars. The Cougars lead the all-time series 2-0 but the Palouse rivals last played in 1908.
11. Washington State: The Mike Leach Renaissance won't happen overnight, at least based on a flat performance at BYU. The Cougars of Provo looked pretty good, but the way the Cougars of Pullman reacted to early adversity is the real problem.
Clearly, Thursday's start to Mike Leach's career at Washington State didn't go as he had planned. But maybe more frustrating for Leach was the nationally televised sulking session some of his players put on in the wake of WSU's 30-6 loss to BYU.
Washington State, it must be remembered, was nearly a two touchdown underdog at BYU. And the Cougars of Provo looked like a Top-25 team. Still, WSU fans were hopeful that the positive momentum of the Mike Leach hiring would propel them to an upset. Or, at least, a respectable performance. Didn't happen. And the Cougars of Provo covered big in a 30-6 victory.
9. Washington State. It was surely a sour debut for Mike Leach's outfit. But there's also no doubt that BYU (which won 30-6) is the best team any Pac-12 squad played last weekend, maybe by quite a bit. That apparently led Leach to this odd comment: "We're not satisfied with our performance, but we played better than several teams that won this past week."
Tuel seemed to have plenty of time to throw, but seemed hesitant to run. "I've made plays with my legs my whole career here," Tuel said. "I need to continue to do that and give the defense problems with it."
With a 20-3 win over Idaho in the rearview mirror, the Eastern Eagles turn their attention this week to a team they haven't played in more than 100 years.
The 2012 coaching debuts of two the nation's most thought-of offensive minds could not have gone any more differently. On one hand, the performance of Mike Leach’s Washington State squad looked nothing like any of his dynamic Texas Tech teams of 2000s. On the other hand, Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia offense looked like a well-oiled offensive machine that was still soaring with confidence after its 70-33 beat down of Clemson in last season’s Orange Bowl.