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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Idaho running back Isaiah Saunders stands as strong figure on field, at home

When Idaho opens the season against Fresno State Saturday – a Mountain West Conference team that won 10 games a year ago – the Vandals aim to clearly send the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Aaron Best expects another pesky, talented Central Washington team Saturday

Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best still shakes his head when recalling the play. Three months before EWU captured the program’s first national title in 2010, the Eagles edged NCAA …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

Previewing the Jim Walden Bowl: An all-encompassing Q&A with the former Washington State coach and Wyoming quarterback

Jim Walden, who plans to attend Saturday’s game with family members and former teammates, reflects on his time in Laramie and provides an early glimpse of Cougars vs. Cowboys.


John Blanchette: Football not under siege, but movies about the sport should be

The football establishment has mobilized and its message is clear: football is under siege. Except it’s not. But I know what should be. Football movies.


Script flipped: With several key pieces gone, Washington State must rebuild to stay in Pac-12 title discussion

As offseasons go, there isn’t a college football team that experienced a more turbulent one than Washington State – and thus you won’t find a group more eager to get …


Block buster: Peyton Pelluer, Washington State’s beloved middle linebacker, is preparing for his swan song with the Cougars … again

A debilitating foot injury could’ve spelled the end of Peyton Pelluer’s career with the Cougars had it come exactly one week later. Instead, the hearbeat of Washington State’s defense is …


Role reprisal: With 0-12 season in the past, the Washington Huskies are once again national title contenders

Even back in the bad, bad days of 0-12 – just a decade ago, can you believe it? – the Washington Huskies did their best to pass themselves off as …


Big Sky sequel: Idaho Vandals not expecting sympathy in move from Sun Belt

Life being what it is, the University of Idaho isn’t going to get sympathy because the Vandals were forced to abandon the Football Bowl Subdivision after 22 years, and return …


Block buster: Kaden Elliss brings intensity, versatility to field for Idaho Vandals

Kaden Elliss is the immensely talented linebacker whose role with the Vandals has expanded to the point he plays a half-dozen positions on both sides of the ball, plus special …


Action flick: High-powered Eastern Washington has eyes set on a January trip north of Dallas for FCS title game

With one of its most experienced and talent-stocked rosters in recent history, Eastern Washington has no intention of letting the FCS Playoff Committee dictate its postseason fate.


Block buster: Back from injury, Eastern Washington’s Jay-Tee Tiuli ready to wreak havoc in Big Sky backfields

Over the last four years, Jay-Tee Tiuli, a preseason All-American, has bullied centers, guards and ballcarriers with his ferocity, size and off-the-ball speed. He’s establishing himself as one of the …


Casting call: Quarterback still a question mark for Whitworth team with high expectations

The cast of characters is changing at Whitworth. However, the entertainment factor will remain high at the Pine Bowl, where the Pirates will host six games while continuing coach Rod …


Brett Rypien has made most of opportunities at Boise State after phenomenal prep career at Shadle Park

Brett Rypien may not have been here, sitting on a chair inside the recruiting lounge of the Blaymaier Football Complex talking about preparing for his final season at Boise State. …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 12:18 a.m.

Juiced up: Washington State using unconventional formula to prepare for Wyoming’s nationally renowned altitude

The Cougars are calling some dietary audibles, and drinking gallons of beet juice, ahead of Saturday’s season opener at War Memorial Stadium in Wyoming, which sits at an FBS-record elevation …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Pac-12 picks: Heavy implications for Pac-12 early as No. 6 Washington meets No. 9 Auburn in Atlanta

The Pac-12 Conference has College Football Playoff aspirations this year, and legitimate ones at that. But if No. 6 Washington can’t beat No. 9 Auburn at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta …


Washington State football chat transcript for Oct. 29

The Spokesman-Review’s Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson chats about Washington State Cougars football.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Craig Bohl’s defense is formidable, but not unfamiliar to Washington State’s coaching staff

Steve Spurrier Jr. spent an entire year at Duke in the mid-1990s trying to crack Craig Bohl’s defense, so if anyone knows what Washington State’s offense is up against this …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Central Washington quarterback Reilly Hennessey ready to face his old squad in season opener at Eastern Washington

Reilly Hennessey respected the decision, but he didn’t like it. Before the strong-armed Central Washington quarterback guided the Wildcats to a 11-0 regular season last fall, he spent two years …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Pac-12 preseason power rankings: Can No. 6 Washington put the “Champions” back in “Conference of Champions?”

The weekly Pac-12 power rankings from Spokesman-Review Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson.


Ohio State: Urban Meyer met with team after suspension announced

Ohio State says coach Urban Meyer was allowed to meet with his team after he was suspended. A university spokesman said Tuesday that Meyer met with players and coaches for …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Ten reactions to Washington State’s week one depth chart against Wyoming

Washington State unveiled its week-one depth chart for Saturday’s game against Wyoming. We browse through the two-, but sometimes three- and occasionally four-deep and give you nine OR 10 reactions.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

First look: Washington State at Wyoming

Washington State (0-0) opens the season on the road for the first time since 2013, visiting Mountain West opponent Wyoming (1-0).


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

A self-proclaimed “slow guy,” Kyle Sweet has ascended Washington State’s receiver ranks by perfecting his route running

A senior who’s started for the Cougars each of the last three seasons – and has played in 37 of a possible 39 games – Sweet has caught 106 career …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

With starters mostly out, Eastern Washington’s defense shines in second scrimmage

In the Eagles’ second and final scrimmage Saturday, the defense tallied three interceptions, yielded two scoring drives and surrendered just 269 yards.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

How competition with locker neighbor Jordan Miller elevated Washington wideout Ty Jones’ play

Ty Jones is expected to make a leap in his sophomore season as the Huskies look to replace the prolific production of departed wide receiver Dante Pettis.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Eleven on Eleven: taking a look at the toughest players Eastern Washington will face this season

Here are 11 individuals that could pose the most trouble for EWU.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 7:42 a.m.

Idaho Vandals take game-day approach to final scrimmage before opening week

With little more than a week to go before its season-opening game with Fresno State, Idaho loosened the training wheels a bit Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Ten things for Washington fans to know about No. 9 Auburn

Believe it or not, Washington won’t be the only top-10 football team taking the field inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 1.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 4:01 p.m.

Urban Meyer tweets apology to former assistant’s ex-wife

Suspended Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has issued an apology to the ex-wife of a former assistant coach who was suspected of abusing her. Meyer was criticized after a news …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

Washington State receiver, former East Valley star Rodrick Fisher arrested on “baby DUI”

An early enrollee who joined the Cougars in time for spring camp, Rodrick Fisher had been on a quick trajectory to earning one of the eight spots in coach Mike …