Bobcats or Aztecs?

With the Cougars and Golden Buffaloes deciding that they won't reschedule their game this season, all crimson eyes are focusing on October 20 -- a bye date on WSU's 2001 schedule that Jim Sterk would dearly love to fill in order to recoup some of the $300,000 in revenue that was kissed goodbye when the Cougar-Buff match up was punted.

WSU officials report that Sterk is talking with several potential opponents who also have that date open, including San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico State and Division I-AA Montana State.

The Bozeman Bobcats, who had their date with Oregon State wiped out last week, are said by some to be the most likely opponent. A Cougar victory over a Division I-AA team would count toward becoming bowl eligible for WSU because the Cougs have not played a I-AA team since 1995 and NCAA overlords allow one victory over a I-AA team every four years to count toward bowl eligibility.

NOTABLE NOTES

Tacoma News Tribune reports today that offensive lineman Sam Lightbody (ankle) and running back John Tippins (knee) will be able to play this Saturday against Cal for the first time this season. In addition, former WSU middle 'backer Champ Simmons is waiting for a ruling from the Pac-10 that would allow him to play for USC next season according to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News.


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