It’s your typical Saturday morning with one huge exception. It’s typical in that there are enough previews, notebooks and features available from around the conference to keep you busy until game time. It’s atypical because the Washington State game time is noon, so you have to rush to plow your way through everything. So get right to it and read on.
• Washington State: We went to the walk-through last evening in Martin Stadium and didn’t see much of anything worth passing on, so we didn’t post last night. There were no new injuries, no miraculous recoveries, no lineup changes to talk about. This morning we do have our preview story on the game and our two-minute drill We also have a few more thoughts about WSU’s chances today and what the Cougars intend to do to enhance them. We’ll share those before kickoff. … The Seattle Times has its summary of today’s matchup. … CougCenter grades the offense after the season’s first quarter. … And Cougfan had a nice feature from an Los Angeles-based freelancer on Joe Danelo and his son Mario’s death. … ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has a Q&A with USC defensive assistant Ed Orgeron. … And that’s all I’m linking today.
• Around the Pac-10: Miller has his weekly list of facts from around the conference. … Associated Press has this look at the Pac-10’s weekend. … Washington: The Huskies have a bye this weekend, but the Times’ Bob Condotta is running a survey on their wins this season. You can vote if you want. … Oregon State: Because of a high school game, the Beavers didn’t get their usual walk-through time. … The OSU defense has to come up big. … How many schools in the country would travel to play a nonconference matchup with a top-10 team twice? Besides Oregon State, I mean. … Oregon: The expectation is this will be the Ducks sternest test. Could be, but I’m not so sure it will be tougher than Tennessee. … The Ducks expect ASU to throw the ball a lot. … Cal: The Bears’ defense was embarrassed last weekend. … This isn’t football, or even basketball, but the budget ax may fall on a few sports at Cal this Tuesday. … Stanford: The Cardinal will be down a receiver in South Bend today. … USC: A quick look at today’s matchup. … Some notes on the game. … USC expects to win and is hoping to score some style points while doing it. … Another quick-hit preview. … UCLA: Why would the Bruins ever want to play at Texas again? There is no way they can play better than they did the last time. … Arizona State: One of the Devils’ stars almost did’t make it in the classroom. … He and his teammates are going to be tested by the Oregon offense. … Arizona: The Wildcats have reached a lot of milestones this season. … Questions about UA football? Here are the answers.
• That’s all for this morning. We’ll be back before the game with some notes and a look at WSU. Until then …