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WSU links and notes for Monday


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It's Monday morning. Isn't it time for the football fans of America to play quarterback? Want backup? We've got links, stats and more waiting for you. Read on.


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• Washington State: Though Cal might have hung 49 points on the Cougars on Saturday, the Bears didn't knock them around like some teams. The proof is in the injury report. Only reserve running back Marcus Richmond came out with any sort of problem, straining a hamstring on a special teams play. He looks to be out this week. Guard B.J. Guerra said afterward his knee felt great, running mate Zack Williams played the entire game and Steven Ayers got in a few plays. So it looks like the line that started the season could be back Saturday if that's the way the Cougars want to go. ... Daniel Blackledge played sparingly Saturday after suffering a thight bruise during the week. ... The passing explosion (385 yards) against Cal moved WSU to 55th in the nation in passing yards, the Cougars best showing in a major category. The lowest categories? Sacks allowed (120, which is last) and total defense (119). The Irish are 11th in the nation in passing yardage with quarterback Jimmy Clausen the second-most efficient at his position. Notre Dame is also only two spots higher than WSU in passing defense, coming in at 116 (282.43 yards per game, about two yards less than the Cougars). ... Now on to the links. ... We have our follow story and our look back (second item) on the Cal game. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick looks forward to Notre Dame today. ... Speaking of the Irish, they moved back into the top 25 this week despite struggling at home with Boston College. Part of the problem is the secondary is not doing well.

• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com's Ted Miller has a lot today, with his power rankings leading the way. He also has helmet stickers (including one for Jeff Tuel) and things we learned from the weekend. ... Buster Sports Nick Daschel has the best and worst from Saturday along with a report card. ...Washington: After the loss to Oregon, the Huskies have a bye. ... Oregon State: Lucky for the Beavers, after a tough loss to USC, they have UCLA up next. ... Oregon: It all comes down to this for the Ducks. This week's game with USC. ... Cal: The Bears' wildcat formation – they ran five plays from the set against WSU – is a hit with the running backs. ... Stanford: The Cardinal take the day off. ... USC: It all comes down to this for the Trojans. This week's game with Oregon. ...UCLA: More than halfway through the schedule, coach Rick Neuheisel will re-evaluate the Bruins' quarterbacks. ... Arizona State: For once, the Sun Devils' defense let them down. ... Arizona: The Wildcats are ranked and get the week off.

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• That's all for this morning. There will be more this evening, after we take a look at Notre Dame. Until then …




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