Things are thinning out in both camps heading into another Apple Cup on Saturday in Seattle.
The Washington Huskies have able bodies to fill holes, especially on defense. They spent another bye week looking at their cadre of young talent, seeing where they can best be effective in the short- and long-term.
Washington State? It's an all-out limp to the finish of 2009.
Cougars coach Paul Wulff is one of the only Pacific-10 coaches who holds a Sunday press conference, and gave an update on some of his personnel situations:
• WSU's offense line had arguably its best showing of the season. Not coincidentally, Saturday marked the second time since the opener against Stanford that all five projected starters – left tackle Steven Ayers, left guard Reed Lesuma, center Kenny Alfred, right guard B.J. Guerra and right tackle Micah Hannam – played together for a full game.
The Cougars gave up just one sack to Oregon State in the Beavers' 42-10 victory in Pullman.
There will be a few "wash" grades in the positional matchups for this Apple Cup, but offensive line might be the one WSU will have an advantage heading into the game.
• WSU's secondary is a mess. Cornerback Brandon Jones (back) is likely going to miss the game Saturday. Strong safeties Chima Nwachukwu (ankle) and Jay Matthews (shoulder) are questionable.
Wulff said he will move walkon receiver Colin Huemmer over to defense this week and give him snaps at safety – something Easton Johnson did last Thursday from his receiver spot. He had 10 tackles against the Beavers.
• Speedster Johnny Forzani (concussion) was hurt late Saturday during a kickoff, and he will be questionable.
• And there is the defensive line issues. Dan Spitz (concussion) and Bernard Wolfgramm (back) are questionable. And Toby Turpin was suspended last week because of an unspecified team violation.
The team might be playing a 3-4 scheme almost exclusively if one or none of the big men out return.
• No word on who will start at quarterback. Kevin Lopina played OK, but Wulff has declared all along that if freshman Jeff Tuel (knee) is good to go, he'll be the guy. His status is up in the air.
• Injuries? Last week for OSU, the Cougars had 13 scholarship players on defense. Throughout the season in their two-deep, they've missed 111 player games because of injuries.
• Wulff did have show a light-hearted side Sunday. When asked how many times he saw his post-victory dance from last year's Apple Cup, he laughed. "Too many. A lot. I don't watch TV all the time. Enough. You know what, if we can do that again, that would be great."