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Everything you need for a football Saturday (almost)


Another game day is upon us. And with it is the usual waiting, watching (or other games on the TV) and wondering. For everything you need to know to get through the hours until kickoff, read on.


• Washington State: On Saturday’s we’re nothing if not consistent. We put our game-day package on the web the night before and publish our preview story in the paper. The game day stuff is in the paper but never seems to translate to the web. … Freelancer Howie Stalwick has an advance in the Kitsap Sun and other papers. … Today, Bud Withers of the Times puts together a little history of how this game came to be played in Seattle. … And there is this guide to tailgating at Qwest. … From the Hawaii side of things, the Warriors are enjoying themselves here in Seattle as they prepare for the matchup. … And, finally, a visitor’s look at Seattle Week.

• Around the Pac-10: Kind of quiet on that front, with Chris Defrusne’s mailbox at the LA Times full of Oregon/Boise State letters and Ken Goe of the Oregonian covering some of the same ground. … Washington: It’s been 15 games – tying a Pac-10 record – since UW has won. That’s why Idaho comes along at the right time. … There is a lot of familiarity here. … Oregon State: Not only are the Beavers stepping up in class today, so is UNLV. … Oregon: The Purdue game offers the Ducks a chance to redeem themselves. … Cal: Even though Eastern Washington isn’t expected to offer much competition, the wide receivers might be featured more than Jahvid Best. … Stanford: The Cardinal defense will be tested by Wake Forest’s passing game. … USC: Is the Ohio State game big for the Trojans? Must be. Check out Pete Carroll’s attitude. …UCLA: There’s a lot of familiarity between the Bruins and Tennessee as well. … Arizona State: Sorry, nothing available on the web this morning as the Sun Devils have a bye. … Arizona: The Wildcats would take a huge step toward a bowl with a win over Northern Arizona today. Really.


• That’s it for this morning. We’ll be at Qwest a couple hours before game time and have more for you from there. Until then …

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