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The Cougars came up just a few plays short of knocking off the No. 2 team in the country in front of what was easily the finest crowd I've seen in Pullman. It was like an Apple Cup crowd but with fewer visitors.
Yes, I raised my eyebrow in the direction of the officials more than once in the fourth quarter, but I don't think a missed pass interference call changed what this game ultimately was: a great college football game in which one team was tougher and crisper, but the other team had the best player on the field (Marcus Mariota), a Heisman candidate for obvious reasons who made just enough big plays to give his team the victory.
I can understand if you'd rather not think about this one for a few hours (or a few barley pops) but I have my thoughts from the game after the jump.
The Pac-12 released its conference football schedules on Tuesday evening during the Pac-12 Football Weekly on the Pac-12 Networks. Washington State's schedule is as follows:
Week 1: 9/5 Portland State
Week 2: 9/12 @ Rutgers
Week 3: 9/19 vs. Wyoming
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: 10/3 @ California
Week 6: 10/10 @ Oregon
Week 7: 10/17 vs. Oregon State
Week 8: 10/24 @ Arizona
Week 9: 10/31 vs. Stanford
Week 10: 11/7 vs. Arizona State
Week 11: 11/14 @ UCLA
Week 12: 11/21 vs. Colorado
Week 13: 11/27 @ Washington
Did you, like many Coug fans (and reporters), complain last season about the seemingly endless parade of Washington State football game on odd days or at odd times that made it nigh impossible to cross the Cascades or hit a deadline? Do you still imagine college football as a Saturday afternoon pastime? Is paying for an extra night at a Pullman hotel on a game day weekend an inconvenience?
Good news! The Pac-12 announced its early television selections and commissioner Larry Scott has heard those Cougar cries, allowing young Cougar fans to catch the first half of the September 13 game against Portland State, which kicks off at 5 p.m., before heading to bed.
After that, it's going to get a little funky. WSU kicks off the season on August 28 with a “home game” against Rutgers at Seattle's CenturyLink Field. That's going to be played on a Thursday at 7 p.m. and televised on Fox Sports 1. The following Friday the Cougars will take on Nevada in Reno, at 7:30 p.m. to accommodate an ESPN broadcast.
The only other WSU game time that has been announced is the Cougars October 10 game at Stanford, also on a Friday, which kicks off at 6 p.m.
All other game times for the 2014 season will be announced six or 12 days in advance. Keep your nights open.
If home is where the heart is than the Cougars should show plenty of it in the 2014 football season. After opening the season against Rutgers in Seattle's CenturyLink Field on August 28th, the Cougars will have five home games in Martin Stadium. The game will be the first for Rutgers as a member of the Big Ten athletic conference.The Apple Cup returns to the Saturday after Thanksgiving after being played the day after the holiday the past two seasons. For the second straight year the Cougars will skip Colorado and UCLA.
“This is truly an outstanding schedule for our team and for our fans,” WSU athletic director Bill Moos said. “Having six games in Martin Stadium has not happened in a while and the conference slate of home games is outstanding. In addition, playing new Big Ten member Rutgers in Seattle on the Thursday night of Labor Day weekend should prove to be attractive in regards to attracting a great crowd as well as a large national television audience.
WSU 2014 Football Schedule (home games in bold):
Aug. 28 – Rutgers (The Seattle Game)
Sept. 6 – at Nevada
Sept. 13 – Portland State
Sept. 20 – Oregon
Sept. 27 – at Utah
Oct. 4 – California (Homecoming)
Oct. 10 – at Stanford
Oct. 18 – Bye
Oct. 25 – Arizona (Dad’s Weekend)
Nov. 1 – USC
Nov. 8 – at Oregon State
Nov. 15 – Bye
Nov. 22 – at Arizona State
Nov. 29 – Washington (Apple Cup)