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The Cougars begin Pac-12 play and will have a few visitors in town to take in the game.

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Washington State will play its third home game on Saturday, but it will be the first major recruiting weekend for the Cougars. WSU couldn't host players for official visits for the Seattle game and didn't have anyone in town last weekend for the game against Portland State. That will change this week with four prospects reportedly on their way to town on official visits.

The Cougars currently have 12 players committed in the 2015 class and one of those will take his official to Pullman. According to WazzuWatch, offensive lineman Noah Myers among the players tripping. Myers became the 12th verbal commitment in the class when he pledged Crimson in early August. Current commits Dominic Davis and James Williams were at one point scheduled to visit this weekend. Those visits were pushed back and Britton Ransford has more on the premium WazzuWatch message boards ($). Williams -- a very promising running back -- tore his ACL and MCL on the opening kickoff in the second game of the season, according to the Burbank Leader. As expected, WSU told Williams it will still honor his scholarship offer.

Three uncommitted players will take official visits including 3-star offensive lineman Darrin Paulo -- the brother of current WSU defensive lineman Darryl Paulo. At 6-foot-5 and 344 pounds, Darrin is far from a little brother. He has an impressive offer list with Wisconsin, USC, UCLA and Michigan among his reported offers. WSU was among his top seven earlier in the year, joining the Trojans, Bruins, Badgers, Wolverines, Oregon and Washington.

A pair of defensive backs round out the visitor list with 3-star corners Darreyl Patterson and Cameron Haney visiting. Haney's offer list including Washington, Boise State and Arizona State. The three Pac-12 schools appear to be the leaders for the 5-foot-11 corner. The Cougars are dipping back into the Oklahoma talent pool in their recruitment of Patterson who has offers from Arizona State, Kansas State and others. According to Britton, Patterson took a trip to Iowa State and has planned visits to ASU and KSU.

With a solid weekend WSU's commitment list might grow to a baker's dozen or more.

Football:

Director of Athletics Bill Moos Podcast - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
During his latest podcast, Director of Athletics Bill Moos discusses a busy weekend of Cougar Athletics at Pullman, including volleyball’s first action in Bohler Gym this season and Saturday’s football game vs. Oregon at sold-out Martin Stadium.

Cougars face big, steady Oregon defense - Spokesman.com - Sept. 18, 2014
At Oregon, the novelty is a lie. Thanks to a never-ending cavalcade of new uniforms and facilities, the Ducks give the impression of a football program that is trying to evolve as quickly as its offense scores.

The future of the WSU defense looked bright on Thursday - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 18, 2014
After Washington State finished its final full practice before Saturday's game against Oregon the underclassmen had their Thursday Night Football scrimmage. The defense looked great. The offense, well, they had to do some up-downs.

Washington State's aerial attack isn't the first challenge for Oregon Ducks corner Dior Mathis | OregonLive.com
To get one sense of how senior cornerback Dior Mathis played in Oregon's victory against Michigan State on Sept. 6, it might help to understand that when Mathis opened his Twitter account after the game, he discovered he'd been likened to the devil.

Ducks ready for Air Raid offense from Washington State
Last season at Autzen Stadium, quarterback Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday epitomized what coach Mike Leach's Air Raid offense is all about: Throw the ball virtually every down and hope for the best.

JASON SAYS: How the Cougars beat the Ducks (and why they won't)
Shootout in the Palouse? Yes, it could happen, given that Washington State isn't likely to stop Oregon's offense and the Cougars should be able to exploit the Ducks' defense — especially the secondary.

Cougar football readies to take on the mighty Ducks at home - WSU News Washington State University
The Washington State Cougars will play host to the No. 2 ranked team in the nation at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 20, when they square-off against the University of Oregon Ducks in front of a sold-out crowd at Martin Stadium.

Oregon-Washington State Preview Capsule | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
Oregon's quest to make the four-team playoff at the end of the season would likely not survive a loss to Washington State, which is still in a rebuilding mode under third-year coach Mike Leach. Washington State is hoping to keep it close. A victory would be arguably the program's biggest since upsetting No. 1 UCLA in 1988.

Keith Jackson Raises The Flag - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Prior to the Washington State football game against Portland State, noted Cougar alumnus Keith Jackson took part in a gameday tradition.

Volleyball:

WSU Takes 3-1 Win over Idaho at Cougar Challenge - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State volleyball team (8-2) playing in its first match of the season at home in Bohler Gym, won the Border Battle Thursday night with a 25-19, 31-29, 24-26, and 25-22 win over Idaho (4-7) at the Cougar Challenge Tournament.