Wondering why the morning post is so late this morning? Read on.
• Washington State: If Forrest Gump were to ask me "do you have a cough due to cold?" I could actually answer yes. Haven't suffered from a cold in three years, move home and boom, get a doozy. Was up all night – well, to past 3:30, which is all night when you're over 50 – trying to get rid of the hack. Hey, a hack with a hack, I get it. Anyhow, up and at 'em again, so here's your news this morning. ... Being that there really isn't much in the way of WSU news today, we'll pass along three Pac-12 previews in this space. All three seem to continue the chorus of gloom and doom. What do you think? Is the conference as bad as everyone seems to think it is? And, if it is, does that open the door for someone out of the blue to win? Someone like, I don't know, Washington State? Two things I'm sure of. Arizona State, Utah and USC have no chance to win the conference title. And the conference winner will have at least four losses, maybe even five. Here are the previews from the Register-Guard, the Orange County Register and a power ranking from ESPN.com. ... A look at the week ahead for WSU by freelancer Nick Daschel.
• Around the Pac-12: Do you remember the last time Oregon won a Rose Bowl? Well, if you do you are about 100 years old and have an incredible memory for someone your age. ... It wasn't over Wisconsin, though Penn could have been the Badgers of their day. ... There's a lot of money in Stanford and Stillwater. Maybe the Cardinal can buy another Andrew Luck. ... The president of Texas graduated from Cal in the late 1960s. Do you think he remembers any of his time there? It's certain Zack Maynard would like to forget the first half of the season. ... How does UCLA turn it around under Jim Mora, Jr.? A lot of hard work. ... The Husky defense will have its eyes on Robert Griffin III.
• That's it for today. As usual, we'll return here as events warrant, but in the morning for sure. Until then ...