It's warm and humid in Dallas, which must do something for the beef, because the steak I had last night was tasty. Really wanted barbecue though, but the place recommended to me by a local closed at 8 freakin p.m. 8? What is this, Whoville? I thought Dallas was a big city. OK, enough whining, on to our morning post. Read on.
• Washington State: We'll start with our story on what the WSU defense has to do to stop SMU's run and shoot – or at least contain it – and our notes from last night. ... Then we move on to a couple of previews of the game, one from Cougfan, the other from CougCenter. ... This came up later, but here is freelancer Howie Stalwick's piece on Chima Nwachukwu.
• Around the Pac-10: As he does every Friday, ESPN.com's Ted Miller opens the mailbag. ... He also debates the Big Ten vs. Pac-10 games this weekend. Why don't they debate whether 10 should be ten or 10? ... Bud Withers has a look at all the FCS upsets this year. ... Jon Wilner tries to get back on the winning track with his Pac-10 picks. He calls it Big Saturday. ... Washington: The Nebraska defense is stout. ... At home, the Huskers' crowd is all red. But in Seattle, it will be mainly purple. ... This rivalry was pretty good in the 1990s. ... Oregon State: The flu bug hits the Beavers. ... Oregon: NCAA grants freshman Troy Hill a waiver so he's good to go. ... So is the PSU pistol offense. ... Cal: The inventor of the pistol, Chris Ault, has it ready to go for Nevada tonight. ... Stanford: The defense is getting better and there's one big reason why. ... USC: Ronald Johnson does not regret staying with the Trojans. ... UCLA: The Bruins' offensive line is supposedly a bright spot. After watching the Stanford game, I'm not so sure. Arizona State: The Badgers will give Arizona State's defense its biggest test, literally. ... Craig James basically calls the Sun Devils' excessive penalties stupid and yes, we refrained from any woodshed references. ... Arizona: The Wildcats can match their biggin' against anyone's biggin'.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back later in the day with our story and items for tomorrow's paper. Until then ...