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WSU about ready for kickoff


Not too long now. The home portion of Washington State 2010 football schedule is about to begin, with FCS power (OK, that's stretching it a little) Montana State in Pullman. We have some thoughts, so read on.

• With the near-perfect football weather, the crowd will probably be better than anyone thought. There were 17,000 tickets sold heading into Thursday, so a healthy walkup crowd powered by the warmth should put the total well north of 20,000. The student section, however, is filling slowly. ... I don't have a lot to say pregame today, except to reiterate a couple things. Injury-wise, I don't believe Mike Ledgerwood will be able to go, so Hallston Higgins will start. I also don't think Bernard Wolfgramm will start, yielding to Justin Clayton, but Wolfgramm should be able to play some. Expect to see Andrei Lintz take Jared Byers' snaps at H-back and Marcus Richmond and Chantz Staden the fullback snaps. Otherwise, every one should be OK to go, except third-string defensive end Adam Coerper, who sprained an ankle this week. ... One other thing before we sign off. This team seemed tight this week. I know I've written this here already, but it seems important. A little more relaxation couldn't hurt. Maybe they should have the head doctor from "The Natural" do the pregame speech. That would calm them down. Or they could read them my stories. That would do the trick as well. Anyhow, a tight team has a tendency to make mistakes. And that's one thing the Cougars need to avoid today. If they play error-free football, there is no way they will lose. But a couple early fumbles, an interception or two, and Montana State not only believes it can win, it will. ... And that's about all I've got.


• That's all for now. I will tweet off-and-on throughout the game, including at halftime, so follow those at vinceg55. Until later ...

Vince Grippi
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