Before practice last night we thought we would have to write a quarterback-situation story. Then during practice realized, because Washington State wasn't wearing any pads, Monday's practice wasn't any different for Jeff Tuel than the ones he participated in last week. No story. Then coach Paul Wulff decided to say yes when asked if Marshall Lobbestael will start Saturday against UCLA. Back to writing a story. Read on.
• Washington State: And that story can be found here. Do I believe Wulff is pulling UCLA's chain a little bit, trying to make the Bruins believe Lobbestael will start then turn to Tuel at the last minute? No idea. Actually, I don't know if Tuel is physically ready to play this week, and don't believe Wulff knows either. Practice, for quarterbacks, doesn't include much if any contact. A game, of course, does. My feeling is WSU will be 100 percent sure that Tuel can absorb that contact before it puts him on the field. Though practices aren't games, Wulff will have a better feeling about Tuel's ability to survive after Wednesday afternoon (the second of WSU's two practices in full pads this week) then he has now. … We had more from Marshall Lobbestael in our post last night. … We took our first look at UCLA this morning. … There is also one in the News Tribune. … More on the quarterback situation. … An examination of Carl Winston's physical running style. The 5-foot-8, 200-pound running back seems to be seeking out contact this season. One thing that got overlooked Saturday, at least by me on this blog and in stories, was the bruising way Logwone Mitz ran as well. The senior was all downhill all the time against the Buffaloes.
• Around the Pac-12: So how will the conference's new-found riches affect the coaches and their job security? … How do the conference's players stack up in the Heisman hunt?… There are division races in the conference. … Washington: The Huskies have their one bye week for the year and they'll be working on a myriad of different items. … Oregon State: The Beavers running game has been the pits since freshman Malcolm Agnew was hurt. … Oregon: The Ducks expect California to have something different defensively. If it does, will the game come down to the kickers? … California: After playing at Colorado and UW, the Bears are getting ready for the loudest Pac-12 stadium. … Stanford: How the Cardinal graded out against UCLA. … Colorado: The team's leaders are trying to get the Buffs back on course. … Utah: The Utes' starting quarterback is out with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Sound familiar? Wonder if backup Jon Hays can pull a Marshall Lobbestael. … USC: With a bye, the Trojans are going to try to get better. … UCLA: The Bruins have missed four of their last five PAT attempts, but that's not their biggest worry. That would be their injuries, especially in the secondary. … Arizona State: The Sun Devils don't mind facing a backup quarterback. … Arizona: The Wildcats game this Saturday in Corvallis features two teams desperate for a win.
• That's all for this morning. Wullf holds his usual Tuesday pressers, with the Pac-12 call this morning and meeting with local reporters this afternoon. Then there's practice. We'll catch them all and keep you updated. Until later …