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WSU begins its 2nd bye week

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The football team is on its second break before wrapping up the season with two more games.

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For football teams, the season is a routine. Week after week the same schedule. When you write about a football team enough, you also get a routine of your own, which is why I spent a solid 10 minutes confused as to why I couldn't find the WSU press conference videos previewing the next opponent. I was well aware there was no game this week and that WSU didn't meet the media, yet my brain was still programmed to embed press conference videos for the Tuesday post.

Instead, WSU took the week off from the media as it enters the second and final bye week of the season. With the men's basketball team not opening its season for a couple more days, it was a quiet Monday for Cougar revenue sports. It is, however, Veterans Day which is why I will point you to the terrific series from WSU Athletics on veterans who have ties to Cougar athletics. With a new post this year, there are now 18 installments in the series. It really is worth your time. There is also a fanpost from 89Coug in FL from last year that is worth revisiting.

And for the veterans and active service members reading this, thank you for your service.

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Football:

Logan High product Luke Falk earning recognition after dazzling first Washington State start | Deseret News
Luke Falk, who starred at Logan High just two years ago, turned heads in his first collegiate start when the redshirt freshman and former walk-on led Washington State to a 39-32 victory over Oregon State on Saturday.

Luke Falk Named Pac-12 Player of the Week - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk has been named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Future is now for young Cougar football players - Spokesman.com - Nov. 9, 2014
PULLMAN – Last season, the Cougars used their extra bowl practices in part to give their youngest players more repetitions and work than they received in the regular season.

Taking a closer look at numbers that defined Oregon State-Washington State | OregonLive.com
Two days removed from Oregon State's 39-32 loss to Washington State, it's time to take a closer look at the numbers that defined the game.

Falk Pac-12 player of week; WSU-ASU game at 10 a.m. - Spokesman.com - Nov. 10, 2014
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was so impressive in his first start that the Pac-12 media named him the conference’s offensive player of the week, the Pac-12 announced on Monday.

Men's basketball:

Young Cougs team leans on Lacy
For a team that has gone through a lot of changes in the offseason, DaVonté Lacy is back providing stability and much needed experience entering his senior year in Pullman.

Preview: Washington State at UTEP | Sports - WSBT.com
Washington State tips off the Ernie Kent era Friday when the Cougars host UTEP, which returns nine of its top 10 scorers from last season's 23-win team. Kent is known for his optimism, and he'll need plenty of it as he works to rebuild a program that has reached the NCAA Tournament five times in the past 73 years.

Soccer:

Cougars earn fourth-straight women's NCAA soccer berth - Spokesman.com - Nov. 10, 2014
For the fourth straight year – a first for the program – Washington State is sending its women’s soccer team to the NCAA Division I tournament.

Volleyball:

Cougars Take Final Road Trip of Season - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State University volleyball team (10-16 overall, 1-13 Pac-12)  travels to the Rocky Mountain schools this week for the final road trip of the 2014 season.