When I was a kid, the best thing, the absolutely best thing, about attending a Catholic grade school was always getting the day after Halloween off. All Saints Day was the only Catholic holiday I could really get my arms around. While all my friends who went to public school had to get out of bed, shake off the sugar high and head to class, only to sit perplexed while the numbers danced on the blackboard, us uniform-wearing types laid around all day, sorting the Milk Duds from the Butterfingers and giving the dog all the Good & Plenty. Ah, memories. Read on for Washington State news.
• Washington State: Another childhood memory – reading Batman comics under the covers with a flashlight well past bedtime. One of my favorite villains was Two-Face. Sometimes he was happy, sometimes he was angry. Sort of like Jim Moore this season. When the Cougars were down 14-0 on Saturday I turned to Howie Stalwick and asked if Jim had written his Paul Wulff-must-go column yet. Came this close to e-mailing Jim and asking. But then Arizona State scored again, I got busy and forgot about it. ... Here's our follow which we linked last night, along with some notes. ... A couple of commentaries are available over at CougCenter. ... And that's about it.
• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com's Ted Miller is busy as usual, updating the conference race, looking at the bowl picture and putting together his power rankings. ... Bud Withers has his Pac-10 perspective after the weekend. ... More on the conference race from Jon Wilner. ... The mercurial nature of college football. ... Washington: Out of the frying pan and into the inferno that is Autzen Stadium. ... Oregon State: One good game doesn't impress Mike Riley, but injuries do. ... Oregon: So now the computers love the Ducks? C'mon. USC isn't that good. ... Some more thoughts and numbers concerning the offense. ... Cal: Will keep looking, but nothing now. ... Stanford: Grading the Cardinal's performance last weekend. ... USC: Turns out Saturday's game with ASU is crucial if the Trojans want to finish above .500. ... UCLA: Did coach Rick Neuheisel diss his defense? ... Arizona State: One last look at Saturday's win over WSU. ... Arizona: They may not be better, but the Wildcats are quicker with Matt Scott at quarterback.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after practice tonight. Until then ...