We're on our way to Northern California, taking the long, slow detour through SeaTac. With the plane about to load in a few minutes, we thought we would pass on as many links as we can before our deadline hits. Read on.
• Washington State: The new Pac-12 football alignment was big news in Pullman like everywhere on the West Coast yesterday – the rest of the country had a collective yawn and went back to complaining about Auburn not being No. 1. We passed on some links last night concerning the conference decision and we'll have some more below. As for us, John Blanchette looked at the ramifications for WSU and I covered the football recruiting aspect a bit. ... The unspoken part of this is WSU isn't sad not to have to play USC, and what that usually means, every year. ... CougCenter checks in with a guide to the Cardinal and its thoughts on Pac-12 alignment.
• Around the Pac-10: Bud Withers has his thoughts on the Pac-12 in the Times. ... What the new world order means to the Bay Area schools. ... How about the LA schools? ... And the Arizona schools. ... Jon Wilner grades the realignment process. ... Washington: The Huskies are at midseason. ... Arizona's defensive ends are Jake Locker's enemies this week. ... Oregon State: Will the Beavers be more dynamic in the season's second half? ... Oregon: The Ducks blasted UCLA 60-13 on ESPN last night, giving the nation a chance to see what they have. ... The turf stains wasn't even off the uniforms yet before John Canzano wrote that next week is the Ducks' big test. ... Cal: This Bears' defensive end is turning NFL heads. ... Stanford: No one expects the Cardinal to have much trouble with WSU. ... USC: Nothing here. ... UCLA: The Bruins made the wrong type of statement. ... Arizona State: Another ASU player happy to get his shot. ... Arizona: The pain in Nick Foles' knee doesn't measure too high on UA's all-time hit list.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back tonight with our preview items for tomorrow's paper, posted from what is expected to be rainy Stanford. Until then ...