Do you have a day of the week at work that is always longer and more demanding than the rest? A day you start dreading at 3 the day before? A day that seems to drag on and on? A day that, when it's over, it seems like a steel door is slamming shut behind you and you're free? If you answered yes to those questions, I feel your pain. Read on.
• Washington State: Not much of anything that I can recommend here except my notes from last night on the blog and our first look at USC. There will be a lot more later today. That's just how this day from h-e-double-hockey-sticks works.
• Around the Pac-10: There's a lot of discussion material available here, from ESPN.com's Ted Miller, who works like a fiend on Mondays, to San Jose's Jon Wilner. ... We'll start with Miller, who has a quick preview of Saturday's games, a Heisman update (this list is getting shorter), the conference's players of the week and some thoughts on what last week meant to a couple schools. ... Bob Clark of the Register-Guard has his weekly thoughts on the conference. ... And Wilner adds his four cents. ... Washington: When your coach doesn't think you played with a "competitive nature," practices could be tough this week. Especially in a bye week. ... Oregon State: The Beavers are feeling blue this week about their practice field. And the laundry guys have to be ticked. ... Oregon: The Ducks' depth allows them to rest players and limits injuries. ... It's supposed to be hot in Tempe, so Oregon is turning up the heat. ... Another basketball player may lost for the season, this one to academics. ... Cal: and Stanford: A dead day. ... USC: The Trojans are beginning to worry about their ranking and, win or lose, this week's game won't help. ... Coach Lane Kiffin has an affinity for two-point conversions. ... UCLA: The pistol offense is really an option attack. But Kevin Prince didn't appreciate that until watching Nevada demolish Cal's defense last week. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils understand the abilities of this week's foe. ... Arizona: After a big win over Iowa, the Wildcats try to ignore all the praise.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after Paul Wulff's press conference today and after practice. Until then ...