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Fri., Nov. 11, 2011, 6 a.m.

WSU nearly ready to return home

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Believe it or don't, there is a home football game this week. Yep, one actually in Pullman, Washington. What has it been, three-and-a-half years since the last one? Read on.

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• Washington State: OK, we exaggerate for effect. We know it's only been 27 days since the Cougars hosted Stanford in Martin Stadium. Though that would make Saturday night's kickoff only the second in the place in the past two months. Yep, really. One game at home in two months. ... On to the links. We have a story this morning on Bo Moos, defensive tackle for Arizona State, and his dad Bill, athletic director for Washington State. Last year, just before the ASU/WSU game, I had a revelation. I had decided not to do a story on Bo because he was a junior and would play in Pullman as a senior. I would save it for then. But on the flight down to Phoenix, I realized the change from the Pac-10 to a Pac-12 meant there was no guarantee the Cougars would host ASU in 2011. Crap. I shouldn't have worried. I'm not sure it's a coincidence Arizona State played at WSU and Oregon this season. ... Steve Gleason is coming to town this weekend for the game and Bud Withers had this nice feature in the Times. Our John Blanchette will be writing about Gleason this week as well.

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• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller winds down the week with an on-line chat and asks if you knew. ... Withers looks at the game of the week, year, decade and whatever. As does an Arizona Republic columnist. ... Washington: No one on a football team would rather not be noticed. OK, I take that back. Long-snappers crave anonymity. Not so of safeties. ... Oregon State: The Beavers haven't had their best defensive season. ... Oregon: For once, the Ducks aren't favored in a Pac-12 game. Hasn't happened often the past couple years. ... California: Another day, another story about running back Isi Sofele. ... Stanford: The Cardinal have worked their way into the big time. Game day is in town. ... Colorado: It's a bad year for the Buffs, but maybe not the worst one. ... Utah: The Utes' defense has played well, but the challenge this week has some pop to it. ... USC: The Huskies defense has been pretty sieve-like. ... UCLA: The Bruins have some problems in the secondary. ... Arizona State: Watch out for this guy Saturday night. ... Arizona: There are a lot of interconnections between the Arizona and Utah staffs.

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• That's all for this morning. It's Friday and I have a date with my wife this evening, so I don't think I'll be back on the blog. Until whenever ...




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