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Hot Cougar Action: A few pre-kickoff links

Washington State will face Oregon Saturday night and we have all of the preview links you could ever want.

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I think there may be a link for every possibly angle of tonight's game below and in an attempt to not make them a giant blob, I'll separate them out.

We will also have a college football open thread later this morning and a few posts throughout the day to keep everyone busy until kickoff. I believe all of the authors located in Washington will be at the game today so if you see one of us, be sure say hello, or F#%k you Kyle Rancourt, whatever works.

WSU vs. Oregon previews

Top 25 college football: No. 2 Oregon will take on Washington State’s Air Raid offense | The Salt Lake Tribune
For all the mistakes second-ranked Oregon made a week ago at home almost giving points away, the result was still an impressive shutout by the Ducks.

Matchup: Washington State vs. Oregon, at CenturyLink Field | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
The setup: Oregon tries to maintain its No. 2 status nationally, while the Cougars attempt to shake off blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead last week against Colorado.

No. 2 Oregon vs. Washington State preview: Ducks take on Cougars at CenturyLink Field |
What's at stake: Oregon ventures out on the road for the first time this season to face a mediocre WSU team in a venue that has not been kind to out-of-state teams. Last Monday, Green Bay lost to Seattle thanks to a questionable call on a last-second touchdown pass. On Thursday, Washington upset No. 8 Stanford. Now it's WSU's turn to host a game at CenturyLink.

CougCenter and Addicted to Quack blogs preview Oregon-Washington State matchup - SB Nation Seattle

On the other end, CougCenter took time to address this offense's regression in head coach Mike Leach's new Air Raid system:

The Countdown: Oregon at Washington State - Addicted To Quack

This game looked a lot more exciting a week ago. Maybe Washington State had an off game against BYU to start off the season and they would get better. Perhaps the passing attack would catch fire this game and Oregon's secondary could get a really good test before playing Washington. However, once Washington State blew a 4th quarter lead to Colorado, we knew it was over.

Oregon vs. Washington State one gigantic mismatch " Kitsap Sun
The weather forecast calls for a cool, dry evening in the Emerald City, but a perfect storm may be brewing at CenturyLink Field.

WSU perspective

Keys To the Game- - Sept. 29, 2012
1Run, run, run – on defense. The Cougars tried to simulate Oregon’s frenetic offensive pace in practice this week, but as linebackers coach Jeff Choate said, the Ducks’ speed isn’t something that can be accurately replicated by a scout team. WSU must line up properly on every play to have a chance of stopping an Oregon team that ranks fifth in the nation in total offense. It sounds simple enough, but running defenses ragged is what the Ducks do best.

WSU just worried about getting it right against No. 2 Oregon - - Sept. 29, 2012
SEATTLE – Since Chip Kelly took over as Oregon’s head football coach prior to the 2009 season, the Ducks have lost six games – once to USC, once to LSU, once to Auburn, once to Ohio State, once to Stanford and once, in Kelly’s debut as coach, to Boise State.

Cougars have been inconsistent in coach Mike Leach's first four games | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times
About the time of his uncomfortable dismissal late last November, Paul Wulff had a veiled parting shot for his unknown successor as Washington State football coach.

Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A with Coug Center - Addicted To Quack
Oregon heads up to Seattle tomorrow night for their first road test. It hasn't been an easy year for the Cougs, but that doesn't mean they couldn't give us some info on their team. Jeff Nusser was kind enough to answer a few of our questions on the Cougars.

Oregon perspective

Oregon D gets ready for WSU's Air Raid offense | Sports | KIMA CBS 29 - News, Weather and Sports - Yakima, WA
Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti gets emotional when talking about his "kids."

Ducks defense ready for Air Raid - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
New week. New coach. New prep work for the Oregon defense.

Ducks feather nest; Cougs know what to expect | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune

SEATTLE – The weather forecast calls for a cool, dry evening in the Emerald City, but a perfect storm may be brewing at CenturyLink Field.

Ducks set to experience NFL stadium vs. Washington State | Statesman Journal |

Saturday’s matchup against Washington State at CenturyLink Field in Seattle is technically a neutral-site game. The Ducks’ first official road game is Oct. 18 at Arizona State.

Opponent Analysis: Keys to Washington State – FishWrap – FishDuck Oregon Ducks Football Analysis For The Casual Fan

It’s impossible for a football strategist to not be happy this weekend, as Chip Kelly and Mike Leach will finally be squaring off in a spread-offense showcase. The Ducks haven’t had much success at CenturyLink field (or any of its incarnations) recently, but will look to turn things around when they face an unraveling Washington State football team.

WSU Athletics

Volleyball Falls at Home to No. 4 UCLA - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

PULLMAN -- The Washington State volleyball team (10-5, 0-3 Pac-12) lost 25-17, 25-13, and 25-15 to the defending national champions, No. 4 UCLA (10-3, 2-2), Friday night before 926 fans at Bohler Gym.

Cougar Soccer Falls in Overtime - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

SALT LAKE CITY - Washington State women's soccer got dealt their first conference loss of the 2012 season as they could not hold on to the lead and fell to Utah 2-1, Friday.