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WSU winds down prep for USC


The hitting at practice is over for another week as Washington State will spend the next couple days fine-tuning the game plan for Southern California on Saturday. It’s a game that should be quite a bit different than the one between the schools here two years ago. Read on for more.


• Washington State: We have our story on the development of Jeff Tuel, quarterback, in the S-R this morning, and our always laughable Pac-10 picks. … Our prep writer Greg Lee has this feature on Gonzaga Prep’s Bishop Sankey, who seems to be wavering more and more from his WSU commitment. He now calls it a “soft verbal.” … WSU coach Paul Wulff was on Mitch Levy’s Seattle radio show yesterday. If you want, you can listen here. Just follow the link. … The Cougars are saying all the right things about USC. … Grading the WSU special teams a quarter of the way into the season. … A look at USC for WSU fans.


• Around the Pac-10:’s Ted Miller has his Pac-10 picks along with what to watch this weekend. … Miller also examines the position of conference players on Mel Kiper’s draft board. Reid Forrest is fifth among senior punters…. Washington: This receiver is hoping to get back on the field soon. … So is the Husky defense, upset after the way it played vs. Nebraska. … Oregon State: Can the Beavers bust Boise State’s Joe DiMaggio-like streak and be the first team to beat the Broncos in a regular season home game since WSU? … The OSU defense knows it needs to be more disciplined. … Oregon: Brandon Bair is a Renaissance man. … The Sun Devil offense has changed considerably this season. … The Ducks might be getting a well-traveled basketball player. … Cal: After four years, Kevin Riley is still seeking consistency. … A preview of the Arizona game. … Stanford: What type of team are the Cardinal putting on the field? … USC: The Trojans secondary is getting better in part because T.J. McDonald is getting better, especially inside. … Why is USC sliding in the polls? … Freshman running back Dillon Baxter has humble roots. … UCLA: Akeem Ayers can seemingly play anywhere on defense, and play well. … Arizona State: The Sun Devils reached all the way to Florida for their newest starting linebacker. … Arizona: C.J. Parish has bounced around.


• That’s all for this morning. We’ll be back after practice tonight with notes and our story. And we may be back with a special feature before then, so keep abreast with our Twitter feed at vinceg55. Until later …

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