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Morning links: Cougars stay strong throughout the season

There's plenty of Washington State football news today and none of it's bigger than our weekly WSU football chat, which is going to happen right here on SportsLink at 11 a.m.

 In less important news, we've got a Pac-12 notebook to pass long, my weekly Power Rankings (the Cougars are higher than I've ever placed them before) and the first installment of my two-part series of blog posts about WSU's strength training during the season. Also, we've got post-practice video of Mike Leach speaking to the media.

Brian Anderson at CougCenter examined the running backs' role in this season's Air Raid offense. … Coug-a-Sutra weighed in on GameDayGate. … Mike Leach compared Martin Stadium on game day to Woodstock yesterday. … The Seattle Times staff also has the Cougars moving up their Power Rankings. … Stanford is expecting a lot of passes from the Cougars. That's wise of them. … Myles Jack and Scooby Wright III may be done, but the Pac-12 will have at least one more star linebacker for years to come. … Arizona State loves to blitz and it has its sights set on Vernon Adams.

Bonus link: This New Yorker story by Malcom Gladwell that explains how underdogs overcome long odds is both thorough and interesting.



Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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