Moos says Cougs are going somewhere...

SPOKANE – More than 1,000 Washington State football fans had already made preliminary requests for bowl tickets by Monday morning, even though the Cougars are not certain they're going to a bowl. Not that Bill Moos has any doubts. Plus, some recruiting news...

"We're going somewhere," Bill Moos predicted on his weekly radio show Monday.

Moos, WSU's athletic director, said fans can help the Cougars make it into a bowl – or a more prestigious bowl – by signing up for tickets as soon as possible.

"I can sell that to these bowl representatives," Moos said, "because they're about selling tickets. They want the bowl stadium to look good on television."

Bowl ticket requests are currently limited to season-ticket holders and Cougar Athletic Fund members. Those fans can request tickets by signing into their account at Fans can join the CAF for as little as $50 a year and get on the bowl tickets list by phoning (800) GO-COUGS.

Moos said the Cougars "most probably" will play in one of the earlier bowls. The 6-5 Cougars are bowl eligible with six wins, but they can guarantee a bowl trip by winning Friday at 7-6 Washington (12:30 p.m., FOX).

ON A TUESDAY conference call, Mike Leach said the road to bowl eligibility was tougher at Washington State than at Texas Tech.

"We did it the first year at Tech and Tech had been to bowls there, so here was definitely harder," said Leach.

Leach said although it's the Apple Cup, he's not changing up the routine this week. The biggest concern might be keeping players from being too "up" for the game.

"Pretty much business as usual," said Leach. "Everyone is incredibly motivated for the game, if anything you (have to) calm guys down."

After the lopsided loss to ASU, a game in which the Cougs got way behind early, Leach and players all expressed surprise because they had one of their best weeks of practice and the tone in the locker room before the game was pitch-perfect.

MEANWHILE, WSU's Dave Emerick, the football chief of staff who is head coach Mike Leach's right-hand man, was a guest on the Moos radio show. Emerick said recruits enjoyed watching Saturday's exciting win over Utah, complete with fans storming the field at the end.

"We had a big group of guys as far as guys with a bunch of scholarship offers," Emerick said. "They're highly recruited individuals."

Emerick added, "I think they can see the direction this thing (the football program) is headed. They get in town, and the first thing they see when they come to our facilities is, everything's brand new, starting with the dorms. The dorms are brand new. The premium seating building's brand new (seating added to Martin Stadium last year). They see a brand-new video board and ribbon strip (at the stadium), and obviously, the football operations building (scheduled to open next summer)."

Emerick said the Cougars have "close to" 17 verbal commitments, "which is good for this time of year. You want a few (scholarships) open."

Note: WSU has 13 known commits for the 2014 class. There are three others that would put that total to 16 – they're delaying their enrollment at WSU until January from the 2013 recruiting class pool – CB Markell Sanders, CB Marcellus Pippins and BUCK/DL Dylan Hanser. (A fourth who was in the same situation, RB Olito Thompson, is not believed to have fulfilled academic requirements according to a CF.C prep source in California, another source said he was at a junior college though we have yet to locate him on an official JUCO roster.) In addition to the above trio coming in January: WR Calvin Green is on pace to graduate from high school early to join the Cougs in January and has signed financial aid agreement papers with Washington State. And junior college cornerback Joseph Turner in on track to receive his AA in December and also come to WSU in January. He has three-to-play-two.

It wasn't all about Cougar football for Moos on Monday morning, who reminded fans that the Washington State volleyball team plays at third-ranked Washington on Friday (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) at Alaska Airlines Arena next to Husky Stadium. The freshman-laden Cougars have come from behind to beat Top 25 teams in two of their past three matches. WSU plays Oregon on Senior Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bohler Gym. Attendance may be limited with most students out of town during Thanksgiving week, when classes are not in session. On Monday, WSU outside hitter Kyra Holt was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second straight week and the fourth time this season.

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