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WSU, Stanford about ready to face off


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I promised a weather report, so, like Ollie Williams, we stood outside for a minute and can shout that there's no rain yet. But, according to the Weather Channel, it is supposed to start at about 1 p.m. and continuing on for the remainder of the afternoon. We'll see. We have some other thoughts, so read on.
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• Unlike Washington State, Stanford plays it tight to the sweater vest concerning injuries. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a couple of starters – safety Delano Howell and wide receiver/kick returner Chris Owusu, who killed WSU last season – missed practices this week, so their status is in doubt. Howell leads the Cardinal in tackles and Owusu is a threat from anywhere on the field. If either or both miss, it helps WSU. ... As for the Cougar offensive line, we'll keep an eye on John Fullington's first start at left tackle, matching up against experienced defensive ends Matt Masifilo and Brian Bulcke or outside linebackers Chase Thomas and Thomas Keiser. All four of those guys have been on The Farm for at least three years. ... The Cardinal play a 3-4, which is unusual in this conference. ... The Stanford offensive line has yielded just three sacks this season, one of the lowest numbers in the nation. With that in mind, I wonder how often the Cougars will blitz today. Last week the WSU blitz schemes confused a pretty experienced Arizona offensive line. But after a bye week and a few days to watch the UA film, the Cardinal probably shouldn't be surprised. ... The specialists are on the field warming up, so we're going to wrap up this post. Feel free to use it for your comments. We'll try to get something up at the half for your pleasure.

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• That's all for now. Until later ...




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