NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies Blogger Erin Acacio brings us her top 5 reasons she’s watching the round 1 NIT hoops matchup between the Washington Huskies and BYU Cougars. The last time UW played in the CBI was in 2008 during the Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon and Quincy Pondexter era. Abdul Gaddy prayed the Huskies would make the NIT. C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs and Aziz N’Diaye need to show how badly they want to extend their season.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the BYU vs. OSU week 7 matchup. Hoping to fill the void left by and injured Sean Mannion, backup quarterback Cody Vaz took his first snaps since 2010. While he saw some ups-and-downs, his fourth quarter effort paved the way to a Beaver victory. Meanwhile, penalties are once again an issue, and the defense lumbers along all game.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on this week’s football matchup against the BYU Cougars in NCAA football week 7 action. Even while ranked No. 10 in the nation, the Oregon State Beavers have become the ultimate underdog. The Beavs enter LaVell Edwards Stadium with a junior who hasn’t taken a snap since 2010. With repeat performances from Markus Wheaton and Jordan Poyer, the Beavers have a great shot.
NWSB Insider and Oregon St. Beavers blogger Rick Stella asks the most important question out of the state of Oregon since the inception of the state itself, can Cody Vaz take over for Sean Mannion and lead this Beavers team to more wins? The answer will have to wait until Saturday to be answered, but this isn’t all on Vaz. The Beavs still have a shutdown defense that will help Vaz to not need to air it out in his first game.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about his expectations for the Washington State-BYU game tomorrow. The contest between these two Cougar squads will begin a new era in Washington State football as Mike Leach makes his official debut for a Cougar squad that will be looking to revitalize itself after eight straight seasons without a bowl appearance.
Our Washington State Cougars insider Britton Ransford weighs in on this week’s football matchup against the BYU Cougars in NCAA football week 1 action. He feels Jeff Tuel should be able to run the new look Mike Leach offense with enough success to put the required points on the board to win the game. Big question though is can the defense make enough stops to give the Cougars of Washington State the win?
NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks football blogger Bryant Knox weighs in with an opinionated take on the 5 worst Ducks uniform combinations in recent years. The Ducks have become known for their uniforms and their cheerleaders. There’s just something nauseating about yellow pants, isn’t there? Who forgets the ugliness of the Las Vegas Bowl: Oregon vs. BYU?
Gonzaga Bulldogs fan and NWSB blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Bulldogs vs BYU Cougars game on Saturday night. West Coast Conference Basketball tournament action from the Orleans Arena March 3, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gonzaga won 77-58. Junior forward Elias Harris recorded 15 rebounds, Robert Sacre had seven points and five rebounds.
NWSB insider Brandon Choate brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on ex-Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren. Mike Holmgren was a QB genius, playing the position himself until an injury derailed his playing career. He quickly took that experience into coaching, taking in QBs like Steve young, Joe Montana, Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck. He set multiple records while coaching in the NFL, especially while with the Seahawks.