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Tuesday morning WSU, Pac-10 links


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Tuesday mornings have a tendency to be light on WSU news but pretty packed with items from around the rest of the Pac-10. Today is no exception. Read on.
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• Washington State: We start the week out with our first look at SMU, which is a surprising 2-0 heading to Pullman. ... The P-I's Jim Moore can't make up his mind about the Cougars, but he's adamant about one thing: It's time to play Jeff Tuel. Hmm. What say you about that? ... The Mustangs have as many injuries to key players as WSU and coach June Jones says they won't be looking past the Cougars.

• Around the Pac-10: Nick Daschel and Buster Sports look back at the weekend on this podcast. … ESPN.com's Ted Miller covers the Pac-10's players of the week. … The Oregonian's Ken Goe thinks Oregon is right where it could reasonably be expected to be. ... Washington: With USC coming to town, Tacoma's Todd Milles examines the showdown between mentor and student. ... The Times' Bob Condotta covers the same ground. … Oregon State: Mike Riley is looking forward to Cincinnati's visit to Corvallis. ... Oregon: Seems like a mantra among coaches: The Ducks need to tackle better. ... Cal: Last year the Bears didn't seem ready at Maryland. They're taking steps to ensure it won't happen at Minnesota. ... Stanford: The Cardinal face Bay Area rival San Jose State, a team that has decided on its quarterback. ... USC: With Matt Barkley still sore, Aaron Corp takes most of the first-team snaps. ...UCLA: Last year the Bruins upset Tennessee and then, well they want to forget the final score against BYU, but not the lessons. ... Arizona State: Speaking of last year, the Sun Devils see shaded of UNLV in this week's opponent, Louisiana-Monroe. ... Arizona: The biggest news coming out of Tucson this week: Tight end Rob Gronkowski practiced with the Wildcats on Monday.

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• Hope that's enough to get you through your Tuesday morning blahs. We've got a lot on our plate today, but we'll try to keep you abreast of the day's developments. We'll be back after practice. Until then …




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