Hope your new work week is starting well. I'll try to help with news and links from around the Pac-10. As always, we start with what we have on Washington State.
• Washington State: Our piece today was on Kenny Alfred and the offensive line he leads onto the practice field each day. ... garlandcoug asked my opinion of another writer's story about the WSU defense. In the same question he/she stated my reporting was making them optimistic. I don't know why it should make you either optimistic or pessimistic. It is what it is. Will the Cougars be better? Really, how could they not be? Will the defense struggle to stop teams? Sure, at times. There will be games the group does fine and others, especially against the Pac-10 elite, in which they'll have troubles. This is not one of the better teams in the nation and I'm pretty sure everyone who is interested in Washington State understands that. This is still a work in progress. I'm also pretty sure a four-win season would be considered a success around Pullman, especially if WSU competes down to the wire in most of the other eight games.
• Around the Pac-10: Buster Sports' Nick Daschel rates the Pac-10 coaches. ... ESPN.com's Ted Miller has news and notes from around the conference. ... Bud Withers of the Times previews Arizona. ... And the P-I's Art Thiel had his chance to get with Larry Scott. ... Washington: Jim Moore has a column on the P-I site about Todd Woodward and his LSU connection. ... There are three position battles that are key right now, according to Tacoma's Todd Milles. Oregon State: One of the Beavers ticketed to be a starter on the offensive line is a former walk-on . ... Oregon: The Ducks lost a lot of receivers, but the guys who replaced them are, well, taller. ... Cal and Stanford: What do you think? I would have 74 links? Nah, none is more like it. ... USC: The Trojans are filling their injury-created holes. ...UCLA: When a freshman starts at corner in the Pac-10, the opponents test him. UCLA's Aaron Hester will be no different. ... Arizona State: Nothing from this morning but I didn't link this scrimmage summary Sunday. ... Arizona: Can't get to the Arizona Daily Star website, so I've got nothing out of Tucson.
• That's it for this morning. The Cougars don't practice today, so we don't have to be on the practice field either. We will have, however, our look at the defensive line posted sometime this morning. Until then …