It's Homecoming week in Pullman. On the link we have a question about that, drawing on the deep readership base of this blog to increase my intelligence. Flawed plan? Only you can decide. And, oh yes, we have some Washington State news, notes and links. Read on.
• Washington State: Here's the deal. I attended a school – UC Irvine – that didn't have a football team (OK, I lived on the beach for three years, so the tradeoff was more than adequate). No football team, no real Homecoming. So other than covering the school's sports fresh out of college, I really haven't been back for sporting events. But I do want to know: What's the big deal about Homecoming? Why do people care? What happens? If you want to share with me why you attend Homecoming as way of explanation, fine. But I'm trying to understand the significance of this. Please help. ... On to the purported main reason for this blog, to keep you updated on Cougar football. We have our story on Paul Wulff's next-day presser. ... At the end of this section you can watch video of his other Sunday question-and-answer session. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has a follow. ... Here's the video ...
• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller has his weekly power rankings and a short injury summary from Saturday. ... The conference hasn't been very nice to the new guys. ... Washington: The bye week is over but the lack of links is not. ... Oregon State: The Beavers get wings when they win at home. Wonder how they tasted Saturday? ... The running game is still a work in progress. ... Oregon: College Game Day is headed to Eugene again, though the injury to LaMichael James is more important. ... California: The Bears are going to be without a defensive back this week and their quarterback might be suffering from confidence-deficit disorder. ... Stanford: The Cardinal routs Colorado. Wisconsin has a bye. The Badgers jump the Cardinal in the coaches poll. Polls are bogus, reason No. 3,427,981. By the way, Jon Wilner has his ballot along with Cardinal news. ... Colorado: Again, seen this before. It's time for the freshmen to play. ... Utah: The struggling Utes could strike a big blow for the Pac-12 by winning at Pitt. ... USC: An attitude coaches want from linebackers. ... UCLA: Kevin Prince may have had his best collegiate game against WSU. ... Arizona State: Some pictures and some thoughts about the win at Utah. ... Arizona: A veteran columnist in Tucson is calling for Mike Stoops' head. That's the least of the Wildcats' problems.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after the Cougars practice late tonight. Until then ...