Just noticed one interesting fact about the Pac-12 this week. Every game is a divisional game. First time this season that's happened. Read on.
• Washington State: We examined the recent trend of high hits that have resulted in some hard-to-understand penalty calls – remember the two in Seattle, the two after-the-play calls by the referee? – in our Pac-12 notebook this morning. (It was a popular subject, see below.) Don't be surprised if some day in the not too distant future the uniforms have some sort of way of signaling the referee if a hit is high. Or maybe the instant replay official can come into the discussion. ... We now pause in our usually scheduled morning post to pass along the news about an e-mail I just received. Dunkin Donuts has a new sausage breakfast sandwich. That brings up a bunch of questions. How did I get on a Dunkin Donuts mailing list? Does my spam filter know I am a sucker for Hillshire Farm sausage and let the e-mail through? Where can I get one in the next seven minutes? Now back to your post. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has a Washington State notebook. ... CougCenter's Brian Floyd has a post on last week's tempest. ... And that's about it for Cougar items, though we did have some notes on last night's post. We'll call that PBS (or Pre-Breakfast Sausage), a time when writing was much easier. No drool on the keyboard.
• Around the Pac-12: The Seattle Times' Bud Withers has his thoughts and opinions on the flags for the high hits. I agree with him. A well-intended rule that is tough to call correctly. ... Patrick Finley of the Arizona Daily Star has covers the same subject. ... ESPN.com's Ted Miller has a quick look at this weekend's games, an examination of the Pac-12 tiebreakers and some numbers from around the conference. ... Washington: The Huskies hope their improved depth will help them against the Ducks. ... Oregon State: The difference in Stanford the past couple years? Andrew Luck. ... The Beavers still have a lot to play for, according to coach Mike Riley. ... Oregon: It's going to take some chaos for a healthy LaMichael James and the Ducks to run back into the BCS picture. ... California: Coach Jeff Tedford is going to stay with Zach Maynard as the starting quarterback – for now. ... Stanford: With one of the three stud tight ends out this week, the Cardinal have a plan to adjust, though coach David Shaw won't give an inch. ... Colorado: Do the Trojans have a better quarterback than the Broncos? ... Utah: A Utah player is ready for an on-field reunion. ... USC: The Trojans may be able to get back to their old excellence after the NCAA sanctions expire, but the attitude could use a little adjusting. ... A replacement for suspended safety T.J. McDonald is announced. ... UCLA: Brock Osweiler is the Bruins' fault. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils are slowly getting healthy. ... Arizona: The Wildcats are moving quickly with their hybrid.
• That's if for this morning. We'll be back after practice, as usual. Until then ...