It's a travel day for Washington State. The Cougars will arrive in the Bay Area this afternoon, have a short practice at Memorial Stadium and then play the Cal Bears tomorrow. We have pretty much the same itinerary, without the practice or playing part. Read on.
• Washington State: Talk about a light day. The only story we could find was our feature on Jahvid Best. Sorry.
• Around the Pac-10: Buster Sports' Nick Daschel rates the Pac-10 coaches again this week. ... He also picks the games. ...Washington: If you're interested in Nick Holt's view of the Arizona State ending, you can find it here. ... The Times' Steve Kelley debates whether Jake Locker should stay or go to the NFL. There doesn't seem to be much debate when $25 million is on the line. ... Another Devin Aguilar feature, this one from Todd Milles in the News Tribune. ... Oregon State: Not all the players in Southern California were recruited by Southern California. ... Oregon: When the Ducks had an injury at safety, a redshirt freshman stepped up. ... Cal: We wrote about the star this morning. Here's a story about the more than capable backup. ... The Bears don't think they have been putting enough pressure on the quarterback. They may find the cure Saturday. ... Stanford: When you are a tight end for the Cardinal, first and foremost, you have to run block. Now and then Jim Dray catches touchdown passes. ... USC: Big game, big lineup change. Trojans' All-American center Kristofer O'Dowd is out, and he's not injured. ...UCLA: The Bruins' pass defense will be tested this week. ... Arizona State: Ever since Dennis Erickson has arrived in Tempe, the offensive line has struggled. Not so much anymore. ... Arizona: A walk-on is now handling the kickoff chores for the Wildcats.
• That's it for this morning. We are traveling today, so we'll post our game day items when we can. Until then …