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After seeing the WSU flag waved at 170 straight episodes, fans are excited by the possibility of hosting College Gameday

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With the news that Gameday could finally be coming to Pullman in a matter of days, the people who make sure Ol' Crimson gets to the show every week have been busy. The first person to wave the flag, Tom Pounds, talked to cougfan, and Cameron Mccoy, the coordinator of the Ol' Crimson booster club, got interviewed by Kelsey Jones of Campush Rush and Austin Vaughn at NCAA.com.

Can anyone blame fans for getting excited for the prospect of Gameday? I sure don't think so. Last week marked the 170th straight episode of Gameday with Ol' Crimson. Fans have been waiting for this for years, and now they can taste it. One of my friends first proposed the "what if..." scenario of the show coming to Pullman on Halloween the Sunday after the Oregon win.

A Coug win against the Wildcats will be huge because it pushes to WSU to 5-2 on this season. For some fans it will be bigger because it puts WSU in position to host everyone's favorite Saturday morning college football show.

A win doesn't guarantee the show, however, and a win is far from certain. The way people have been talking about this game makes it easy to forget that Cougs are going in as touchdown underdogs. Even if they do escape from Tucson with a victory, there are a couple of games that could steal the spotlight from Pullman.

The obvious alternative choice is Notre Dame traveling to Temple. Both teams will be ranked and Temple has started 7-0 for the first time in school yesterday. East Carolina could have done the Cougs a favor Thursday night but the Pirates fell to the Owls 24-14.

While Chris Fowler isn't with the show any more, his tweet after the Temple win didn't do much to raise hopes.

A popular conversation around the Wazzu community this week has been if the Gameday does actually come to WSU, does Ol' Crimson keep flying every week? The man in charge, Mccoy, appears to have no plans of stopping the tradition. I haven't heard a lot of opposition to that viewpoint, but lets open the discussion. If Gameday comes to Pullman, should the flag continue to fly, and if not, at what point should the flag stop making the weekly cross country trip?

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Football:

Rosen Leads UCLA Past No. 20 California, 40-24 - ABC News
Cougs control their own destiny in the Pac-12 North with the Cal loss.

Cougars prepping for Arizona’s dual threat at QB - Spokesman.com - Oct. 22, 2015
To get ready for Arizona’s offense, which leads the Pac-12 in scoring average at 41.7 points per game, the Washington State defense is preparing for the entire Wildcats offense, plus a little extra.

Cougars prepare for tempo every week | The Spokesman-Review
WSU is about to play the fastest team in the west. But these days, it's easier to spot the teams that don't speed things up occasionally.

WSU assistant coach Joe Salave’a has Samoan recruiting pipeline going strong | The Seattle Times
Since Mike Leach hired him away from his alma mater at the end of the 2011 season, Joe Salave’a has made at least one recruiting trip a year home to American Samoa. Four years into Salave’a’s tenure at WSU, this flourishing Samoan pipeline is paying dividends for the Cougars.

How Washington State's Ol' Crimson flag became a College Gameday tradition
Washington State's Ol' Crimson has become a staple for the popular ESPN Saturday morning show.

Soccer:

Overtime Thriller - GoStanford.com - Stanford University
Collins seals 2-1 Stanford victory at Washington State.

Swimming:

Cougar Swimming Claims Road Victory Over Arizona State - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU won five races and beat the Sun Devils for the second straight season.