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A Grip on Sports: From dawn to dusk – and beyond – college football is ready to take over your day

Washington State Cougars wide receiver Travell Harris (5) runs the ball against Oregon during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU won the game 34-20. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Travell Harris (5) runs the ball against Oregon during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU won the game 34-20. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The last Saturday in October beckons. That means college football. Let’s get right to it.

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• Not many thoughts here. Other than if you are a Cougar observer, you will be up late tonight watching Washington State and Oregon battle.

If you are a baseball observer, you are hoping for a bit quicker game this evening. Last night’s 4-1 Astros’ win was a slog.

And if you are an Eastern fan, you probably are in Missoula ready to scream your lungs out.

Have fun today. And those of you in the Northwest, remember to bundle up. The weather has turned. It’s cold out there.

As Arya Stark would say, winter is coming.

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WSU: Theo Lawson is ready for the experience that is Autzen Stadium today. He doesn't believe the Cougars have enough on the defensive side of the ball to get past the Ducks, sure, but he does have the game plan ready to go. … As Theo points out, if Washington State does find a way to win, it would be its fifth consecutive one in the series. … In basketball news, the Cougars received another commitment yesterday. Theo has that story as well. … Not sure that this makes any difference but Oregon faced Washington last week. Next week they have USC in what could be a preview of the Pac-12 title game. In between? The Cougars tonight. … Elsewhere in the Pac-12, there was one game last night. USC had to rally to get past host Colorado, 35-31. Afterward, Clay Helton told the media the Buffs have a good offense. Did they not bring it with them to Pullman or what? … Arizona State wants to bounce back after losing to Utah. What better team to make that happen against than UCLA. Wait, the Bruins have been playing better. … Utah knows its running game has to click to beat California. This game should be the lowest-scoring conference game of the day. … Neither Stanford nor Arizona is playing all that well right now. Can Khalil Tate make a difference?

Gonzaga: No basketball news today – what? – but we do have this Justin Reed story on a big women’s soccer match tonight. The Zags host Santa Clara. … There is some basketball news out of Provo. A transfer is eligible to play for BYU this season. … Former BYU coach Dave Rose is home now after his heart attack.

EWU: Can it really be a rivalry if the two teams don’t play every year? Yes. Just because the conference decided to throw a changeup last season, it doesn’t mean the Eagles and Montana don’t dislike each other. Intently. Ryan Collingwood has a preview of today’s game. … Around the Big Sky, other than Missoula, where Eric Barriere will try to shed the Griz, the best contest of the day is probably in Davis, where the Aggies will host Weber State. … Northern Arizona and Case Cookus host Portland State this afternoon. … Idaho State and Southern Utah also match up. … Montana State plays the non-conference conference game, at North Dakota.

Whitworth: The Pirates host Pacific Lutheran this afternoon and they don't know who will start at quarterback. That's all part of Dan Thompson's preview.

Preps: Before we get to the elimination tournament that is GSL 4A football these days, we pass along Jim Meehan’s story on Coeur d’Alene handling Post Falls and winning the IEL 5A title last night. … It took overtime, but Gonzaga Prep got past Central Valley and stay tied with Mead and Ferris atop the GSL 4A standings. Dave Nichols has that story and Colin Mulvany the photo report. … The Saxons got past rival Lewis and Clark to stay on the top line. That’s part of out football roundup. … We also have a roundup of Idaho state soccer play.

Chiefs: Portland got hot in the third period and breezed to a 6-3 win at the Arena. Kevin Dudley has the coverage.

Seahawks: It sure looks as if injuries will play a big part in Sunday's game with the Falcons. On both sides. … Pete Carroll is old fashioned in his thinking. Positive, sure, but old fashioned.

Sounders: Seattle's next opponent, LAFC, showed resilience in its win over the LA Galaxy. So did the Sounders in their win.

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• It’s time to get downstairs, buckle up and watch college football. Oh, and figure out a time for a nap. With the Cougar game starting at 7:30 (on ESPN) and with about 100 passes on the agenda, I’m guessing it is going to be a late, late night. Who is going to win? The guy who took the over. Until later …

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