Washington State coach Paul Wulff said one of his jobs is making sure young players forget certain things. Such as tough losses. With so many freshmen playing key roles, Wulff has to be careful they don't dwell so much on past mistakes that they fail to prepare for the next game. "They are not a mature enough group to know how to prepare properly every week," Wulff said of his team, which is heavy with freshmen and sophomores. "You have to flush the game, win or lose, and prepare for next week."
The Cougars (1-5, 0-4 Pac-10) had two weeks to flush the memory of their 27-14 loss at home to Arizona State. After a bye week, they play at California (4-2, 1-2) on Saturday. It would also be best to flush the memory of last season's 66-3 Cal win in Pullman. It was one of the worst games of a lousy season. The Cougars are in the midst of a long break from games in Pullman. After Saturday's game, they travel to San Antonio for a neutral site contest against Notre Dame. Then they play at Arizona. Their next home game is Nov. 14 against UCLA. Cal has been an enigma this season. They were ranked in the Top 10 after opening with wins against Maryland, Eastern Washington and Minnesota. But then they were pounded 42-3 by Oregon and 30-3 by Southern Cal before rebounding to beat UCLA 45-26 last week.