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With Gameday being just 4 days away there is no doubt the sense of excitement is roaming the Palouse. The athletic department released the weekly game notes for the season opener against Portland State.

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It is officially September which to many, including myself, it means it is the start of football season. With just 4 days before kickoff of the 2015 season the Washington State Athletic department released the weekly Game Notes.

One of the most important things that has been on a lot of minds lately is where will this game be played. With all the smoke from the Washington Wildfires there have been a lot of speculation as to whether or not the Cougars will be able to play at home this weekend.

The State was in need of rain and they got it this week clearing out a lot of the smoke that has been trapped in the Pacific Northwest. With more rain in the forecast it looks as if the Cougars will open the season at home, as scheduled.

The most important part about the game notes that were released was the unveiling of the depth chart. For a breakdown of that, check out Jeff's article that has his initial reaction.

The volleyball team wrapped up their weekend in Radford, VA going 2-1 and will be getting ready to go to Moscow this weekend for the Idaho Invitational.

Former women's basketball player Tia Presley signed her first pro contract Monday. Presley will be joining the defending Ligat Ha'al league champions, Maccabi Knot Ashdod next season.

Football:

Pac-12 football: Projecting the 2015 division races – College Hotline
Projecting the 2015 division races.

WSU Cougars morning links: Opener vs. Portland State on as scheduled | The Seattle Times
Winds and rain chase away smoke in Pullman. The Cougars will play season opener against Portland State as scheduled

Morning links: WSU's fast-learning freshmen | The Spokesman-Review
we have a story about two freshmen that figure to factor in heavily in WSU's plans on Saturday.

Block U Pac-12 Power Rankings and Bowl Projections - Week 1 - Block U
It’s the end of the preseason, and everyone has polished up their crystal balls (or spreadsheets, in my case) and is ready to make predictions. Power rankings and bowl projections right here.

Freshmen Molton, Martin give WSU needed depth - Spokesman.com - Aug. 31, 2015
The ingredients for significant improvement are typically found in a football team’s own garden. Players get bigger and stronger, bonds between teammates become more cohesive and coaches become better able to translate their desires into execution during games.

Bruins Nation's Pac-12 Preseason Q&A: Washington State Cougars - Bruins Nation
WSU features the classic high powered Mike Leach offense and the classic Mike Leach invisible defense. It hasn't translated to a lot of wins in Pullman - yet. If a new DC can make a difference, the young and talented roster is poised for big things.

Cougars Kick Off Season Hosting Portland State Saturday - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State hosts Portland State Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. (Includes game notes)

Volleyball:

Volleyball Plays in Moscow Friday, Saturday - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State University volleyball team (2-1) returns to the Palouse this weekend: not to its home court in Bohler Gym but for three matches at the Idaho Invitational, Sept. 4-5, in Memorial Gym in nearby Moscow.

Basketball:

Tia Presley Inks Pro Contract - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The 2015 graduate will compete for Israeli side Maccabi Bnot Ashdod.