WSU Notebook: Let it snow?

THE SNOW THAT fell out on the Palouse on Thursday must have scared the hell out of ASU's Todd Graham: Our players are used to warm weather! Can the videographers even shoot in the cold?! But in comparison to Thursday, the Saturday forecast for the Washington State-ASU game in Pullman (12:30 p.m.; FS-1, sold out) is downright balmy.

According to NOAA, it will be a pleasant 51 degress in Pullman at kickoff, with light 13 mph winds out of the southwest and although the sun may be hidden by overcast skies, there's just a three percent chance of precipitation during the game. 

So it would seem the weather should benefit both teams -- or at least be a non-factor. 

For the Cougar aerial attack, no worries about torrential downpours or large gusts of wind.  For ASU, any cameras in play should work just fine for Graham, or as he's also known elsewhere and as evidenced by the photo above; "Todd, the most terifying AT&T operator in the history of the world." 

THIS IS VERY WORTHY of note: running back Jamal Morrow is not a "starter" and yet the third-year sophomore has been WSU's weekly captain more than anyone else this season.

Morrow has been named captain four times this season, no other Cougar has been named captain more than once (Joe Dahl, Jeremiah Allison, Parker Henry, Peyton Pelluer). Morrow has been named captain the past four weeks straight.

WITH A BIG day on Saturday, Gabe Marks could set the all-time mark for receptions by a Cougar. Marks will enter the game third in WSU history with 186 career receptions, three away from Marquess Wilson and nine off the mark held by Michael Bumpus (195). He's not the only Cougar wideout to keep tabs on Saturday.

Marks leads the Pac-12 in catches (63), TDs (11), catches per game (7.9) and is second in receiving yards with 800 hashes. Stop him if you can, ASU.

COUGAR SENIOR RECEIVER Dom Williams will, at the least, end his crimson career with the second-most TD receptions in program history. Williams has 25 with only Jason Hill (32) left in front of him. Could Williams tie or break the record? Well, he does have the most games at WSU - eight - with multiple TD catches.

NO ONE IS talking about it much but if Washington State (5-3, 3-2) wins, they'd become bowl eligible with three games left in the regular season. 

Not bad for a team most every media oprganization had written off before the season. Speaking of big preseason media misses ...

USUALLY IT TAKES a season for a junior college transfer to truly adapt and make waves. Not so with third-year safety Shalom Luani.

Luani is tied for second in the Pac-12 with three interceptions and is 10th in tackles at 7.5 stops per game.

FIVE TRUE FRESHMEN on scholarship have played this season for WSU -- and three are defensive backs: safety Hunter Dale, WR Tavares Martin, CB Darrien Molton,  WR Kyle Sweet and LB Logan Tago.

MEANWHILE, THE SAME FIVE have started every game this season for the Cougs on the offensive line through eight games. Back after spring ball, ESPN's David Lombardi tabbed the Washington State o-line as next to last in the Pac-12. No one is immune from seeing their predictions crumble once the games begin, but that was a particularly bad miss.

WASHINGTON STATE HAS scored 26 red zone TDs in 39 chances (21 pass, 5 run).  They've booted 10 red zone field goals, making it 36 of 39 times in the red zone this season when they've scored. That comes out to a 92.3 percent scoring rate when inside the 20-yard line, t-10th in the nation. 

Will WSU bolster both their TD percentage and overall red zone rate against ASU on Saturday? If the o-line gives Falk time and Falk goes martly through his reads, the answer from this chair: Yes.


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