Hope you don't mind that I took my time this morning. I read a little more than I usually do just so I would have an idea of what's going on today around the conference. Plus I slept in a little. It can be hard to fall asleep in Pullman on football Friday night, you know? Darn kids. Anyhow, we're ready to go. And could there be a better day in the Palouse to kick off the football season? Probably not possible. Read on for WSU and Pac-10 links.
• Washington State: We'll start with our stuff. The game day items are hit and miss on the web, so I'll link you back to yesterday's post that has everything I put together. We also had this story on the Cougars ready to put last year in its grave. ... And by the way, there's probably nothing to worry about today. I've been down here since the first of August and I've yet to catch anything. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick had this advance in the Kitsap Sun and other West Side papers. … Finally, here's the Buster Sports podcast examining today's matchup.
• Around the Pac-10: Most everyone spent their time Friday focusing on the LeGarrette Blunt (above) fallout (we'll have more in the Oregon section), so it's hard to find anything too broad about the conference. ESPN.com's Ted Miller has this piece that links a lot of Pac-10 websites and such. ... Washington: The new era – and no, we don't mean the apparel company – gets under way in Montlake today, with the Huskies hosting LSU. Steve Sarkisian is ready to get started. ... As are, Tacoma's Todd Milles tells us, the Husky players. ... Oregon State: The Beavers open their season today vs. Portland State, the one nonconference foe WSU defeated last season. ... Oregon: The Ducks decided to suspend Blount for the season, his last in Eugene, effectively ending his college football career. There's more than enough opinion – like John Canzano's, who praises UO for following his advice – on that to go around, so I won't add mine. ... How do the Ducks deal with the loss – of the game and the player – on the field? Plus, they may have also lost a defender. ... Cal: The Bears will have revenge on their mind when they play Maryland today. ... Stanford: Can the Cardinal get to a bowl this year with a freshman quarterback? … If WSU has a chance to move the ball today with any efficiency, it will probably happen in part due to a inexperienced Stanford secondary. ... USC: It hasn't happened all that much in the Pete Carroll era, but this is a young football team that takes the field against San Jose State. ...UCLA: What type of team will UCLA put on the field against San Diego State? Who knows? ... Arizona State: The big news before the Idaho State game? Prized recruit, linebacker Vontaze Burfict, has been cleared to play. ... Arizona: Despite many losses from last year's bowl team, Wildcat coach Mike Stoops feels he'll take a talented group into the Central Michigan game.
• That's it for this day-of-game morning. See you here on the blog before the game. The way the postgame works, it's really hard to post right after the game, but I'm going to try to put something up today. We'll see if it works. Until then …