The road beckons. Washington State will begin the 2010 football season in less than 36 hours in Stillwater, Okla., and the Cougars leave Pullman this morning, busing to Lewiston for the charter to the plains. We're flying commercial, making three stops and hoping for no problems. As for you, you can sit back, grab the coffee and read our Friday morning report.
• Washington State: Before we go any further, how about that USC defense, huh? Shoot, it gave up almost as many yards to Hawaii as WSU did last year, and we all know how that season turned out. ... Anyhow, we had our story on the freshmen who will be playing Saturday, and we have to admit a math error on the blog last night. Sorry, but math isn't my strength. Missed counting one of the junior college transfers. There are four who will debut tomorrow, so along with the true freshmen and the redshirt freshmen, that makes it 24 of 70 (34.3 percent) of the traveling squad who are at their first major college game. ... CougCenter previews the game. ... A look at the Cowboys. ... There's some news from Oklahoma, with the drug charges dropped against safety Victor Johnson. He still faces another charge though. ... Bob Robertson makes an appearance in a OKC column. ... Three storylines for Saturday's game from the Tulsa World. ... WSU offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy is friends with new OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen. So is someone else. ... A couple of walk-ons will play big roles as receivers for OSU.
• Around the Pac-10: It's a day late (on my part), but here are the picks from San Jose's Jon Wilner. ... Washington: It's time for Cody Bruns to make his mark at UW. ... As always there is plenty of other stuff at Bob Condotta's blog. And by always, I mean every hour or so. ... An analysis of UW's recruiting over the past few years. ... Oregon State: John Canzano makes a case that Ryan Katz is more crucial to the Beavers than Darron Thomas is to the Ducks. ... The buzz in Dallas – we'll be passing through soon – isn't deafening for the TCU-Beaver game. ... George Schroeder wants to know why OSU does this to itself every year? ... Oregon: Thomas isn't the guy you remember. ... He's much more prepared to lead. ... Cal and Stanford: The Bears' 5-foot-7 Isi Sofele will return kicks and backup Shane Vereen. ... USC: Offensively, Lane Kiffin's debut was great. Defensively, not so much. ... UCLA: OK, we've heard of the H-back. This position's name sounds like a cleaned up version of what George Yarno used to call all running backs. ... Arizona State: Dennis Erickson is ready for games to begin ... Arizona: The Wildcats get to start tonight. It's on TV at 5 Pullman time.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after we get to Dallas or Tulsa or our hotel with more. Until then ...