From Pullman to Tucson and everywhere in between. That's the area we cover today with links and notes. Read on.
• Washington State: We spend Tuesday getting ready for the week, with most of our practice and press conference notes on this link. One thing I asked WSU coach Paul Wulff about yesterday was the Cougars propensity toward the spread aspects of their offense recently. He said they would rather play under center 30 to 40 percent of the time, but right now, with the skills Jeff Tuel has and his experience in the offense, running more spread stuff gives them the best chance to move the ball. ... On to links, starting with our Pac-10 story on the conference's "luckiest" team. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has WSU notes in the Kitsap Sun, with lots of items that have appeared in other publications before. ... A look at the Cougars from down Tucson way ... A summary of Wulff's radio show and, as an extra-added attraction, of WSU's basketball scrimmage from last Friday, though I can't vouch for the source.
• Around the Pac-10: Big weekend for Pac-10 officials. They'll stand out more than ever. ... Who are the hot coordinators in the conference? ... More on the chance of an Oregon letdown. ... How much is 2009 like 2007? You decide. ... The Pac-10, conference of young quarterbacks? ... Washington: The Huskies vs. Rick Neuheisel is old news now. To Neuheisel at least. ... Oregon State: One thing the Beavers don't do it turn the ball over. ... Oregon: Who is better, Boise State or the Ducks? Ask the AP voters. ... Cal: Despite back-to-back huge losses, the Bears are still, albeit only slightly, in the conference title race. ... Stanford: The Cardinal are too, but they must survive some tough tests the next two weeks. ... USC: Matt Barkley is still ticked off at losing. ...UCLA: The Bruins might be getting an explosive transfer. ... Arizona State: More changes in the Sun Devils' secondary. ... Arizona: The Wildcats are covered in the Washington State section today.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after practice with notes and our feature story for tomorrow on the longest of longshots. Until then …