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Hot Cougar Action: Gameday links

WSU takes on Oregon State at 3 p.m. PT, here are some links to keep you busy until then.

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

If there is one thing I've learned over the years, it's that if I have a "good feeling" heading into a WSU football game, the Cougars are going to get stomped.

In 2006, I think I told everyone I knew WSU was going to beat Arizona State, then this happened. In 2010 I felt great about WSU's chances to beat the Sun Devils once again. Yeah not so much. I did the same thing last year not once, but twice. Both turned out to be two of the worst performances of the season.

This is all relevant because as I sit here typing this, I have the insane thought that the Cougars might just pull this off. I have no idea why, but it's there. What I'm saying is, I apologize in advance for the impending 40-point loss.

If you would prefer to read some actual analysis of this game, instead of whatever whim catches my attention, we have you covered with our Oregon State StoryStream. Everything we've written about the Cougars matchup with the Beavers this week can be found there.


Expect air between Washington St and Oregon St - College Football News | FOX Sports on MSN
Washington State and Oregon State will likely recall the days of the old pass-happy Pac-10. On one side there are the Cougars with new coach Mike Leach's trademark Air Raid attack. On the other are the No. 14 Beavers with sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion, who is throwing with confidence after a trying debut last season.

Did you know? Pac-12 week 5 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Washington State has been porous defensively. This season, opponents are averaging 32.6 points per game (95th in FBS) and 472.2 yards of offense (104th in FBS). In fact, the Cougars have allowed at least 20 points in 15 straight games, tied for the third-longest active streak in FBS.

Washington St. remembers last season vs. OSU | Statesman Journal |
Oregon State may be among the surprise teams in college football this season, but count Washington State cornerback Deone Bucannon among the folks who saw a Beavers resurgence coming.

Washington State Football vs. Oregon State: Cougars Due For An Upset - Pacific Takes
Just two weeks into their conference schedule, the Cougars have already played their most winnable conference game, and their toughest. Now 0-2 in conference play and 2-3 overall, the Cougars begin a stretch of games that barring any kind of drastic changes, they will not be favored to win. While this may seem depressing for Cougar fans, the bright side of that is that the Cougars will be able to play with nothing to lose and any more wins at this point will generate some positive buzz around the program.

Pac-12 football: Washington State's Air Raid waiting for takeoff |
Washington State has played well in fits and starts under first-year coach Mike Leach, whose Air Raid offense was lights-out at Texas Tech but hasn't been quite as explosive in the Palouse.

Beavers a good matchup for pass-happy Cougars " Kitsap Sun
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Mike Leach is new to Washington State, but he's heard all about the manner in which Oregon State defensive ends Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn dominated the Cougars last season.

Washington State plays at No. 14 Oregon State - - Oct. 6, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two seasons ago, Washington State found some encouragement here amid an otherwise hopeless season.

2 Minute Drill- - Oct. 6, 2012
1 Pressure! The Cougars have improved their pass rush this season, already sacking the quarterback 16 times through five games after finishing last year with 17 total sacks.

Preview: Washington State at Oregon State | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times

The setup: Washington State tries to break through for its first conference victory of 2012, while Oregon State, the Pac-12's biggest surprise of the season, attempts to stay perfect and improve on its No. 14 ranking.

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Volleyball: CU Buffs sweep Washington State - Boulder Daily Camera
CU swept Washington State 25-17, 25-17, 29-27 at Coors Events Center and, at 2-3 in Pac-12 play, has already doubled its conference win total from last year.Arizona State Bests Cougars at Lower Soccer Field - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

PULLMAN, Wash. - Courtney Tinnin's goal in the first half pushed Arizona State past Washington State in a Pac-12 Conference battle played out on Lower Soccer Field, Friday.