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Monday morning at WSU


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It's Monday morning and we have some personal items to attend to today, so ... a quick post and then off to see the doc, hoping to get a clean bill of health. After that, who know? Read on.
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• Washington State: Before we get to the links, I heard something from a coach the other day who was quoting some other older coach. It's the modern football equivalent of the oral tradition of ancient tribes. Anyhow, the point of what was said was simple. To turn a college football program around you have to do three things: come from behind to win, win on the road and beat someone you weren't expected to defeat. That allows the players to start believing in themselves. So far, WSU has been able to do just one of those things – though not many thought it could win the Apple Cup two years ago, that Husky team did finish winless – in the past two years plus two games, and they've done it twice, coming from behind to defeat SMU and Montana State. A win on the road Saturday – the Cougars are a 20-point underdog – would accomplish the last two items, though any road win this year would do that. It will be interesting over the next 10 games if WSU can figure out a way to check off the two items left on this list. ... On to the links. ... We had our follow story on the Montana State game available in the S-R and we also had a few notes on Paul Wulff's press conference. ... This was free but came up too late yesterday morning to link so we do it now. It's from Braulio Perez on Cougfan and it's about C.J. Mizell's game. ... If you still have heartburn over Saturday, read this list. It will make you feel better. ... And that's it for Coug-centric fans.

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• Around the Pac-10: A lot from ESPN.com's Ted Miller, including his power rankings, his second look at the conference's defenses and a link to the polls. ... Bud Withers points out conference teams can rally. They proved that Saturday. ... Chris Dufresne looks at USC, UCLA and the rest of college football. ... Washington: The Huskies are a six-point underdog to Nebraska. ... Oregon State: Beavers' beat writer Paul Buker is doing an occasional series of stories on the Rodgers brothers. Here is part one. ... Oregon: The Ducks are fifth in the nation. That's unknown this time of year. ... Cal and Stanford: A typical empty Monday. ... USC: Like that disfigured mole on your leg, if you ignore the penalties, they'll go away. ... UCLA: Rick Neuheisel is looking for a quick fix to the Bruins' woes. ... Arizona State: Looking back at the Devils' win. ... Arizona: After a couple breathers, now comes the first tough test.

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• That's all for this morning. We'll be back when we can. Until then ...




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