What a great morning. I know it was raining hard here last night, but now it's just cloudy and cool. Football weather. Real football weather. With basketball weather just around the corner. We have links and notes on both. Read on.
• Washington State: Before we get to anything else, I want to answer the question on everyone's mind. Though no one has told me anything for sure, I believe Jeff Tuel will be the Cougars starting quarterback today. One thing I've learned in my five years of covering college football – in this section of my career – coaches really want to win. And today Jeff Tuel gives the Cougars the best chance to win. Period. And by starting today, and getting that drama out of the way, he gives them an even better shot of winning next week and the weeks after. So that's my two cents. And it's worth about that much. ... On to the morning links. ... We had our preview, looking at how long it's been since the Cougars have upset a ranked team and what it takes to pull such a surprise. ... We also have some keys to today's game. ... The Seattle Times' Bud Withers has a quick summary. ... Same sort of thing from the San Jose Mercury News. ... A preview from freelancer Howie Stalwick. ... Our basketball story. ... Braulio Perez has this feature on Aire Justin, who should be out at cornerback today.
• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller has the injury report and our favorite feature, the mailbag. ... Washington: The Huskies are favored by a lot and there are some worries they may be looking past Colorado. ... Oregon State: The Beavers are one of two conference teams playing out of conference games. Can they build a win streak? ... Oregon: If ASU upsets the Ducks today, would that hurt as much as a dislocated elbow? ... California: Nothing. ... Stanford: If the Cardinal win today – and they are a three-touchdown favorite – they will set a school record for consecutive wins. ... They want to put a lot of pressure on Tuel and Marshall Lobbestael. ... Colorado: The Buffs missed on one player. ... Utah: The game is on ESPNU and Utah lead 3-0 as I write this. ... Oops, 7-3 Pitt after the kickoff. ... No make that 14-3 after a blocked punt score. ... Still want to read advances? You can here too. ... USC: Nothing. ... UCLA: Is the Pistol part of the Bruins' injury problems at QB? ... Arizona State: This is the toughest test of the year for the Sun Devils. ... Arizona: The pressure is mounting on the Wildcat defense.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back before the game with more thoughts and notes. Until then ...