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We always (over)react to college football’s first full Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

My first impression of the initial full week of college football: It's good to see the Pac-12 officials are in midseason form. Read on.

They aren’t who you thought they were

What's the most predictable thing about college football? It's the unpredictability. Jameis Winston hardly looked like a Heisman Trophy winner while defending champion Florida State eked out a win over Oklahoma State, West Virginia gave Alabama all it could handle and who knew Marshawn Lynch played for Georgia?

My sincere apologies to anyone who placed money based on my Pac-12 picks for week one. We may print my cell phone number, but there's a reason we don't print my home address.

Follow the jump for links from around this crazy, messed up conference.

Sebastian LaRue back at practice

The Cougars held practice for about an hour tonight. There wasn't much worth noting – some punt drills, lots of scout team work at half speed – except for the return of one Sebastian LaRue, who has been away from the team because of family matters since the middle of fall camp.

After practice we talked to defensive coordinator Mike Breske for the first time since before the Rutgers game.

More on practice after the jump.

EWU vs. University of Western Montana

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Eastern Washington's victory over University of Western Montana, 41-9, in the NCAA college football game, Aug. 30, 2014 in Cheney, WA. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos!

Lightning, rain wash out Idaho football opener at Florida

The University of Idaho's football season will have to a wait a week.

With The Swamp turned into an actual swamp and the playing field deemed unsafe, the Vandals' date with the University of Florida was “terminated” after two extended lightning delays in Gainesville Saturday night. The terminology was later amended to “suspended” in a statement issued by Florida. 

So will the game ever get played? Follow the link for more on the Vandals.

 

Highlights from WSU player availability

Connor Halliday, Darryl Monroe and Vince Mayle addressed the media on Saturday afternoon to talk about Thursday's loss to Rutgers, Friday's game at Nevada and more. Highlights from those interviews are after the jump.

Quotes from Mike Leach press conference

Washington State will play another weekday game this week, traveling to Reno, Nevada to take on the Wolf Pack. Because the schedule is still off the Cougars held their typical Monday press conference today.

 

A transcription of coach Mike Leach's interview is after the jump.

The M’s are sinking in the West

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If you wondered when this M's follower's dream of winning the American League West passed away, wonder no longer. It occurred in the fourth inning last night, when Wilson Ramos drove a high changeup over the left-field wall, the fourth of four home runs Felix Hernandez would surrender. Read on.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

Some teams still play their games on Saturday and without a Washington State game it's the perfect opportunity to spend a day on the couch flipping between two or three matchups. The Cougars will hold their weekly press availability today so keep an eye out for some WSU news and the team will practice tonight.

Links are after the jump.

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Everyone gets in act for Indians

The Spokane Indians capped their regular-season home schedule Friday with a balanced offensive performance. All 11 Indians who came to bat, including late-game replacements Chuck Moorman and Pepe Cardona, collected hits during the 15-hit effort that buried Salem-Keizer 11-5. Read story

Grading the Rutgers game

Just like last season, each day following the Washington State game I'll be posting letter grades for each position unit based on my observations of how it did during the previous game. To answer an oft-asked question: No, I won't be grading the coaching staff. We're not privy to what's going on in the minds and headsets, and these grades are simply a reflection of what I can see playing out on the field.

So with that, the Rutgers position grades are after the jump.

There is something about this that seems familiar

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If you woke up this morning thinking you were in some sort of reality TV version of “Groundhog Day,” don't fret. You aren't alone. Pretty much every Cougar fan in America feels the same way. Read on.

Eastern football links

Sorry this is so late, but I just had to stay up watching the Cougs. … In happier news, here's my story on former WSU (and current Eastern Washington) wide receiver Blair Bomber. … In case you missed it, we had a lively live chat yesterday, and here is the transcript. … The Eagles host Montana Western on Saturday night, and here's all you need to know (until my own preview comes out tomorrow, of course!). …In the better-late-than-never category, here's a recap of MWU's win last week over Montana Tech. courtesy of the Dillon Tribune. … Husky receiver Kasen Williams says he's “ready to go” against Hawaii. …So is Christian Caple of the Tacoma News Tribune, who files this report from Honolulu. …Montana State isn't intimidated by FBS team Arkansas State, according to this story in the Bozeman Daiy Chronicle. That's a good thing, since four Big Sky teams got mauled last night. Cal Poly lost a relatively close one at New Mexico State, but Idaho State was whipped at Utah, Weber State was steamrolled at Arizona State, and North Dakota was routed at San Jose State.

Morning after links

Washington State overcame an early deficit to take a solid lead against Rutgers in Seattle yesterday, but was unable to sustain it, eventually falling 41-38.

Links from that game and from around the Pac-12 are after the jump.

Destination: Vancouver and TBD

The Spokane Indians will wrap up their Northwest League regular-season home schedule Friday with the final game of a five-game set against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The Indians will cap the regular season with three games at Vancouver, starting Saturday. Wasting no time, they'll play Game 1 of the NWL North's best-of-3 divisional series Tuesday on the road. WHERE on the road remains a mystery with four games left in the regular season. Read story

Idaho’s Florida connection jazzed to go home again

What everyone else in college football calls “body bag games” are something entirely different to guys like Richard Montgomery and Jacob Sannon.

Of course, there isn't an underdog out there who thinks he's auditioning to be a victim. 

Click on the link for more on the Vandals. 

WSU pregame chat


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Ewu sports chat Aug. 28 (noon)

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