You know, it’s kind of funny. I never knew how many Giants fans lived around here until this week. It’s World Series time, the Giants have pitched themselves into it and all of a sudden all these folks are rooting for them. Interesting. As for Washington State, we have notes and links, so read on.
• Washington State: We had our Pac-10 notebook in today’s S-R, along with some notes from last night’s practice. Also hit a 5 when I meant to hit a 6, but I fixed that. The Cal game is Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. and it will be on TV, unlike this week’s game. … Coach Paul Wulff had his radio show last night hosted by Bud Nameck – he’s not one of the guys I referred to above; he’s been a Giants fan as long as I’ve known him – and you can read a summary here if you want. … Finally, there is one group of statistics in which the Cougar defense is better than average. … UPDATE: Got a few things for you. First is this story from Christian Caple at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on helmet-to-helmet hits. I will say, anecdotally, I think there have been fewer flags for these type of penalties this season. … Dale Grummert has this story about Deone Bucannon. … Also, the NCAA released graduation rates today from the incoming class of 2003. You can check out all of WSU’s numbers here. The football number of 60 is middle of the Pac-10 pack.
• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com’s Ted Miller takes a quick look at this week’s games. … Bud Withers looks at what the NCAA will do if it doesn’t get 70 bowl eligible teams. … San Jose’s Jon Wilner has some good stuff on the Pac-12. … Washington: Oftentimes a team’s punter is not in the news – until something bad happens. But this year, the Pac-10 punters are so good – we wrote about this a few weeks ago – they are worth examining at various times. UW’s Kiel Rasp is an example of this. … The Huskies were dominated in Stanford last season. … Oregon State: The Beavers long snapper is out – and that might be more important than most think. … It’s been a month since OSU has played at home. … Oregon: How good is USC’s defense? The Ducks think it’s pretty darn good. It’s just that Oregon’s offense is damn good. … Kenjon Barner returns to practice, but wears a no-contact jersey. … Cal: There is one mission this week: contain Jacquizz Rodgers. … Are you an NFL team that needs a running back? Better be in Corvallis on Saturday to watch Rodgers and Shane Vereen. … Stanford: The Cardinal need their safety back. … Are you an NFL team that needs a quarterback? Better be in Seattle on Saturday to watch Jake Locker and Andrew Luck. … USC: Leadership is often best when it comes from within. … UCLA: With Kevin Price out, Richard Brehaut’s takes control of the offense. … Arizona State: Quarterback Steven Threet was cleared to practice without contact Tuesday, which means he will more than likely be able to play Saturday. … Arizona: Nick Foles went back to Texas to get his knee worked on and it seemed to help.
• That’s all for this morning. We’ll be back after practice this evening. Until then …