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Games kick off tonight, though WSU has a wait ahead


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This morning turned out to have less WSU news than we expected, being it is a couple days before the opener and all. But that doesn't deter us, no way. We have enough to keep you busy until lunchtime if need be – and you read really, really slowly.
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• Washington State: Though the Cougars don't start until Saturday, the college football season starts tonight. As does the conference's, with USC playing in Hawaii. As always, I have my Pac-10 picks, the most inexpensive, guaranteed-to-give-you-a-laugh feature each week on the web. Better that Funny or Die. So there's that. We also posted last night some notes and the rough draft of a feature on the two opposing quarterbacks, a story that finally appeared on our site this morning. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick talked with Bill Moos yesterday about schedules and such.

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• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com's Ted Miller post his picks and give you 10 things to watch this week. ... Some thoughts on the changing face of college football from San Jose's Jon Wilner. ... Washington: Husky running back Chris Polk decided not to talk to the media, but this story is interesting nonetheless. ... Even a broken leg can't stop this offensive lineman. ... Oregon State: Ryan Katz makes his starting quarterback debut this week, at the college level anyway. ... The season ahead for the Beavers. ... Oregon: A couple different looks at the season ahead for the Ducks. ... Cal and Stanford: Kinda light today. ... USC: Lane Kiffin has made a USC debut against Hawaii before. ... Fullback Stanley Havili is a Trojan legacy now. ... UCLA: The Bruins have not had a healthy preseason. Now their all-conference kicker may be hurt. ... Arizona State: Hat's off to a Sun Devil defensive back. ... Arizona: The basic college football defense is rarely basic anymore.

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• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after practice this evening with our notes and our story for tomorrow's S-R. Until then ...




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