It's game-day morning on the Palouse and it got cold last night – I hope all those RVs are heated. Not as cold as say next month, when Cal comes to town, or certainly not as cold as it should be for a December Apple Cup, but chilly nonetheless. With all the byes around the Pac-10 today – there are only three games and four teams have the week off – it’s a little chilly links-wise. But we do have some, including one that should make you chuckle, so read on.
• Washington State: We start with our preview story, which focuses on the challenge facing the WSU defense. We'll have a bit more on this in our pregame post and why I believe this might be the toughest test the defense has faced this season. ... We also had our 2-minute drill. ... We had a short post and story last night after the Midnight Mayhem in Bohler, which was standing-room only. ... You can also watch some highlights courtesy of the WSU athletic department. ... Another view of the basketball extravaganza. ... There's more on football in the Arizona segment of the post. ...
• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com's Ted Miller relays some quotes from the conference coaches. ... San Jose's Jon Wilner has his weekly picks. If I could have waited a little longer this week, I might have made one different choice. ... Washington: The Huskies used to dominate the series with Oregon State. The tables have turned. ... This is pretty much a must-win game for UW's bowl hopes. ... Oregon State: The Beavers winning streak in Seattle is built on a solid foundation. ... It's been a long time since OSU started Pac-10 play 3-0. ... Oregon: With a bye, nothing today. ... Cal: The Bears will try to do something today they have never done under Jeff Tedford. ... Stanford: Nothing today. ... USC: One of the biggest problems for the defense: The play of the linebackers. ... UCLA: Nothing here. ... Arizona State: Nothing here either. .... Arizona: Lots here, including the Wildcats talking about the Pullman trip (hey, a lot of people call this area home you know). ... UA is having to deal with a success it has really never had before. ... And finally, the piece that made me laugh the most, a column mainly about WSU from the Arizona Daily Star's Greg Hansen. The laughter comes from a couple items in a segment on the 2008 recruiting. "Starting cornerback Jessy Sanchez told Rivals.com that he didn't enjoy the recruiting process because of 'all the phone calls I got from schools I didn't want to go to, all the mid-majors and Division I-AA programs.' " So who is Jessy Sanchez and where does he start at cornerback? Wonder if he plays with the Myron Bell listed in the paragraph above. That being said, it's obvious Bell should be Beck. But Jessy Sanchez? He was a JC transfer defensive lineman that never panned out, was injured and is still in school getting his degree. The two starting cornerbacks are Nolan Washington (a redshirt freshman) and Daniel Simmons (a redshirt sophomore). ... There is also another misspelled name, early in the story. See if you can find it. Any current or former WSU communications major should get this.
• And that's it for this morning. We'll be back later today with our pregame WSU post. Until then ...