Some times 6:30 in the morning arrives earlier than other times. This was one of those earlier times. But it's here, you're there and we have links and notes, so read on.
• Washington State: The Cougars practiced, as is their schedule, late Monday evening but unlike previous Monday's, they held practice inside the indoor facility up by the baseball field. We have some notes (along with a couple Cougar-related links and a question) from last night. We also had our first look at Arizona State in today's paper. ... Jim Moore has some thoughts on the Huskies, and the Cougars, so we'll put his column here.
• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com's Ted Miller takes care of the nuts and bolts with the conference, giving us the players of the week and the three quarterbacks who did qualify as Davey O'Brien semifinalists. Two notable absences: Jake Locker and Nick Foles. ... Backup quarterback has become a key position in the Pac-10. ... Washington: Speaking of Locker, despite being banged up, he said there is no way he won't play against Stanford. ... Oregon State: For some reason I wasn't able to find anything worth passing on. ... Oregon: The Ducks look at the regular season as a 12-round heavyweight title fight. Of course, some teams on their schedule are middleweights and some our flyweights. ... Despite problems, USC is still a light-heavyweight at worst, and, like Michael Spinks, hope to upset the heavyweight champion. ... Cal: The Bears have turned to Brock Mansion as their backup quarterback instead of Beau Sweeney. ... Stanford: A dull day in Nor Cal. ... USC: The Trojans, or at least quarterback Matt Barkley, see Saturday's game with Oregon in fighting terms as well, though it's another form of fighting. ... UCLA: Two more players suspended for a game for violation of team rules. ... Arizona State: Even if Steven Threet is healthy today and can practice, coach Dennis Erickson said Monday the Sun Devils may tweak their offense to make it easier on the quarterback. ... The high temperature is supposed to hit 86 in Tempe on Saturday. Arizona: Nick Foles practiced Monday and may be the starter against UCLA on Saturday. Or maybe not. Mike Stoops isn't going to say.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after practice this evening. Between Paul Wulff's conference call and football practice, we have quite a lot of basketball responsibilities to take care off. ... Someone asked for our Pac-10 predictions. We will share those a little later down the road as they'll be part of our college basketball special section in a couple weeks. ... As we said, today we'll be back after football. Until then ...