PULLMAN – If this is still a rivalry, it sure doesn’t feel much like one.

That’s what the Washington State football players made available to the media on Monday would have you believe, anyway. The Cougars face Idaho at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the first time since 2007, and that absence hasn’t made WSU’s hearts grow fonder. Or otherwise.

Playing against Idaho just doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal.

“I’ve never played them,” said junior quarterback Connor Halliday, asked to describe the rivalry. “We’re excited to start a rivalry this week, but other than that it’s just kind of like the battle for the Palouse.”

Kristoff Williams, a fourth-year junior receiver, said the Cougars and Vandals have run 7-on-7 sessions against each other in offseasons past — they didn’t this summer — but that “it’s just like another game, honestly. I didn’t grow up out here, so I don’t know the Moscow-Pullman thing, if it’s a big rivalry or not.”

WSU (2-1) is 70-17-3 all-time against Idaho (0-3).

Notes

• WSU’s Sept. 28 game against Stanford at CenturyLink Field in Seattle will air at either 7 p.m. on ESPN, or 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

• Halliday, when asked about playing non-BCS teams: “You play whoever you play on the schedule. We don’t get to decide that. That’s the big man upstairs. That’s his decision.”

Wait – the big man upstairs? Did he mean God, or athletic director Bill Moos?

“They’re basically the same,” Halliday replied.