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Hot Cougar Action: Morning gameday links

Plenty of news and links to keep you busy until kickoff.

Jeff Gross

After a bye week off, I forgot what it was like to have a game again. Last week I had to scrounge to find anything and this week there are over a dozen links to get into.

There are plenty of previews today, but also a few other things of note including an interview with Paul Wulff and the WSU women's soccer team knocking off Oregon State. All in all, there should be plenty to keep you busy this morning as we tick down until kickoff.


Scouting Stanford with a Q-and-A - SportsLink - - Oct. 26, 2012
FROM SAN JOSE — Tom Fitzgerald, who covers Stanford for the San Francisco Chronicle, was kind enough to answer five questions for us about tomorrow's game between WSU and Stanford. His answers are below.

2 Minute Drill - - Oct. 27, 2012
1No more turnovers. Stanford pressures the quarterback as well as anybody, and that can lead to a lot of hurried throws and bad decisions. The Cougars need senior Jeff Tuel to play like a senior in this one and make the right reads quickly enough to keep WSU’s offense rolling. If the Cougars can get a score on the board in the first quarter, it would do a lot for their confidence.

WSU QB aware of Cardinal pass rush - - Oct. 27, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. – Washington State’s football coaches are running out of superlatives. Before the Cougars last suited up on Oct. 13, linebackers coach Jeff Choate said WSU would be facing the best group of running backs in the Pac-12 against California. - Wulff talks Wazzu
"We had a good young team. We were really competitive in a lot of games, but when you lose you're quarterback, it's tough to win games," he said. "If Jeff Tuel could haveb stayed healthy I am confident we could have won seven games."

Simple strategy: Cougs plan to hit hard and often | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
PALO ALTO, Calif. – A bye week provided the Washington State Cougars with extra time to prepare for the Stanford Cardinal.

Washington State Cougars sports: news, scores and features | Seattle Times Newspaper
Washington State's football coaches are running out of superlatives. Before the Cougars last suited up Oct. 13, linebackers coach Jeff Choate...

Who will transform tomorrow? - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
As far as long shots go, you can call Washington State's trip to Palo Alto, Calif., this weekend a fairly significant one.

No. 19 Stanford tries to stay focused vs Wash. St. - :

STANFORD, Calif.—A power running game and a dominant defense against an Air Raid offense that has yet to take flight. The styles of Stanford and Washington State couldn't be more different. As of now, neither are their places in the Pac-12 North Division race.

Stanford-Washington State game facts - San Jose Mercury News

STORYLINES: After four tense weeks, how much enthusiasm will Stanford bring to the game as a 241/2-point favorite? If the Cardinal plays lethargically, will it even matter? WSU is not equipped to handle Stanford's running game or physical play on the lines of scrimmage. ... Stanford's defense, which allows just 18.9 points per game, will face a pass-happy Cougars attack that has one of the league's best receivers (Marquess Wilson) but doesn't give much thought to running the ball. ... The No. 19 Cardinal must win to keep pace with the Oregon schools in the competitive Pac-12 North.

Washington State Vs. Stanford: WSU Hopes to Spread Out Cardinal - Pacific Takes

The bye week may have been the most enjoyable week of the season for Cougar fans so this year with the way things have gone in 2012.

Washington State has hands full with No. 19 Stanford " Kitsap Sun

PALO ALTO, Calif. — A bye week provided the Washington State Cougars with extra time to prepare for the Stanford Cardinal.

Stanford-Washington State game at a glance - San Jose Mercury News

Stanford offense vs. Washington State defense: The Cardinal should carve up a woeful Cougars defense, one that allows 30.4 points and 462.6 yards per game. Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor (696 carries) could surpass Darrin Nelson's career rushing attempts mark of 703 on Stanford's first drive. If the field is wet, there isn't much call for Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes to throw, especially if the Cardinal can successfully run the ball. Taylor, who has 846 yards on the ground, could break the 1,000-yard barrier for the third year in a row today, which would be a Stanford record for successive 1,000-yard seasons. Big edge: Stanford

WSU Athletics

Washington State Victorious Over Beavers and the Elements - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Nicole Setterlund scored her second goal in as many games, pushing Washington State past conference rival Oregon State 2-1 at Lower Soccer Field, Friday.

WSU sports teams coming to Tri-Cities | Jeff Morrow: The Toy Department |
The Washington State University athletic department considers the Tri-Cities a big part of its program when it comes to support. The Cougars are showing it this school year.