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It's game day once again and I'm sure the Cougar flag is flying in Alabama, Louisiana or some other southern state where they are holding this week's "Game Of The Century!" But we're not sure. The TV is off just yet so we can concentrate on bringing you the best of the links. Read on.

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• Washington State: By the way, we shared some basketball injury news with you yesterday, but later that evening, when we were at a junior college football game and unable to access the blog, we were told point guard Reggie Moore may play tonight. We thought we would pass that along to set the record straight. That, and this preview by freelancer Howie Stalwick, is about all the basketball news we'll share today. Yes, I know hoops is getting started around the conference, but today's a football day. ... We had our advance of today's game against California – I figured it out last night. For the sixth weekend in the last eight, I was sleeping in a different hotel; if it wears on me, wonder how the players feel about it? – in the S-R this morning, along with four keys. ... Bud Withers had his short preview. ... And Stalwick had this advance in the News Tribune. ... From CougCenter, there is this preview. ... As far as I know, the game will be televised by Root in the state of Washington, thanks to a waiver WSU was able to secure. But it will not be televised in Oregon or Idaho. That is all I know.

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• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller has his mailbag. Yeah. ... Washington: The Huskies want to send this version of their stadium out in style, but just winning and ending a losing streak to the Ducks is more important. ... Oregon State: The Beavers have their work cut out for themselves today against a focused Stanford team. ... Oregon: LaMichael James seems to be ready for today's game with the Huskies. ... California: As important as this game seems for WSU, with their remaining schedule it might even be more important for the Bears. And it's at home. ... Stanford: The Cardinal expect rain in Corvallis today. ... Colorado: The Buffs had no hope last night and it showed in 42-17 defeat to USC. ... Utah: The Utes would like to get a Pac-12 road win. ... USC: Matt Barkley threw six touchdown passes in his only visit to Boulder. ... UCLA: The Bruins need to win today against ASU, but coach Rick Neuheisel is trying to take the pressure off. ... Arizona State: The key for the Sun Devils this year is forcing turnovers. ... Arizona: The Wildcats are finding it tough to keep their heads up.

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• That's it for this morning. We'll be back about an hour or so before kickoff, as usual, with our thoughts about the game and the venue. Until then ...




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