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: ESPN.com'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 ...