WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2018
In the South, there’s still plenty of sorting to do. Four teams in the division could gain bowl eligibility by winning this Saturday. Three teams in the division are still hunting for a spot in the Pac-12 title game, as are two in the North. One of those could be eliminated by Saturday night if it can’t take care of business against a heavy underdog.
Minshew is the only Pac-12 player on the watch list, comprised of 15 names, but he’s the second Washington State player in two years to earn the distinction. Defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa was named a finalist for the award last season.
The Juco influence on this particular WSU team is heavy and it’ll be even more so in 2019-20 after Kent inked two JC players Wednesday, getting signatures from Daron Henson of Salt Lake Community College and Ryan Murphy of New Mexico Junior College.
The full transcript from Wednesday's Washington State football live chat with Spokesman-Review beat writer Theo Lawson.
TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2018
WSU is getting more production out of the QB position than it did last year. The offensive line is allowing fewer than a sack a game. The receivers are a year older and better. The defensive numbers haven’t dipped, either, and many of them have done the opposite. But the most important part of the formula – cliché or not – could be team chemistry.
As the end of the regular season draws near, it looks increasingly probable that both divisional titles will be determined by rivalry games taking place next weekend – one in the desert and the other on the Palouse.
Nothing changed for Washington State when the latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings was released Tuesday afternoon.
MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2018
Gardner Minshew and Burt Reynolds do share a mustache and Leach paid tribute to the American TV/movie star on Twitter Sunday night, sharing a video from an ESPN postgame interview that showed the Washington State QB taping a fake mustache to his coach’s face after the Cougars beat Colorado 31-7 Saturday in Boulder.
In the third quarter, Patmon went 48 yards on a catch-and-run that set the Cougars up inside the Buffaloes’ 30-yard line and eventually allowed Gardner Minshew to rush for the 10-yard touchdown that gave the visitors a 31-7 lead.
Washington State’s defensive backs may still be inhaling the dust Khalil Tate left behind in a football game-turned-track meet between the Cougars and Arizona Wildcats last October in the Tucson desert.
The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break down he voted, offering three thoughts on the latest edition of the poll, an update on the Pac-12’s ranked teams and a look at local Top 25 representative Gonzaga.
Coming off a bye week, Arizona (5-5, 4-3) will look to lock down a bowl berth when it visits No. 8 Washington State (9-1, 6-1).
SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2018
The best offense is a good defense. The best defense is a good offense. It’s been a little bit of both for No. 8 Washington State this football season.
Taking advantage of a six-day selection window, ESPN picked up next Saturday’s game between No. 10 WSU and Arizona. Kickoff between the Cougars and Wildcats will be at 7:30 p.m. at Martin Stadium.
SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2018
Washington State’s defense forced three turnovers and quarterback Gardner Minshew overcame a sporadic first half to lead the offense into the end zone three times in the second half and the Cougars kept their magical season alive 5,000 feet above sea level, cruising past the Buffaloes 31-7 in Boulder.
More than 1,500 days after making his debut in crimson and gray threads, linebacker Peyton Pelluer tied Washington State’s record for career games played Saturday against Colorado at Folsom Field.
Difference makers from Washington State’s 31-7 victory over Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.
A Colorado linebacker was punished for an illegal hit to the head on Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew in the second quarter of Saturday’s Pac-12 game between the Cougars and the Buffaloes.
CU held out sophomore receiver K.D. Nixon (toe) and senior receiver Jay MacIntyre (concussion) after both were injured in the Buffaloes’ previous game at Arizona. Shenault Jr., who was one of the nation’s top receivers through the first five games of the season, got his first action since going down with a turf toe in a week six loss at USC.
CU’s defense has been unsuccessful against offenses much less potent than WSU’s and the Cougars have proven to be a resilient team in tight games, while the Buffaloes have mostly backed away from those types of moments. It would’ve been easy to go with the Buffs in week one. It’s almost impossible now.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2018
Freshman safety D’Angelo McKenzie announced Friday afternoon on Twitter he’d been granted his release from the Cougars football program and will look to transfer elsewhere.
WSU (8-1, 5-1), ranked No. 10 in the AP Top 25 and No. 8 in the College Football Playoff ranking, is off to its best start since 2002 and will be gunning for its sixth consecutive win at Folsom Field. Colorado (5-4, 2-4) is carrying a different sort of streak into Saturday’s contest and has to snap out of a four-game skid to finally become bowl eligible.
Keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Colorado Saturday at Folsom Field.
If Max Borghi told you he was a third- or fourth-generation running back, you’d have no choice but to believe it – and yet it wouldn’t be any further from the truth.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2018
Stating the value of wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. to Colorado’s football team, coach Mike MacIntyre made an analogy Tuesday during his weekly press conference that would resonate with any Washington State fan.