Washington State has a home game this week. But instead of fighting the Pullman traffic – and before you get all cynical and snide about that statement think about this; put an extra 20,000 folks onto streets not designed for it and yes, on game days, actually game weekends, the traffic is tough to navigate – we'll be fighting Seattle traffic, with its closed roads and folks in forest-green Subarus headed off to some folk-music palooza. So where do you think this game should be played? Read on.
• Washington State: We ask because John Blanchette's column today postulates the most important thing about a college football game's location is it should be where it gives the home team the best chance to win. He doesn't think CenturyLink does that. And that's not all that fair to a coach who is supposedly going to be judged at the end of the year on how many games he's won. What are your thoughts on it? Hopefully, some answers will come from the Wet Side. ... Otherwise, it's back to normal today. We have out Pac-12 notebook, freelancer Howie Stalwick has his WSU notebook in the News Tribune, Jim Moore's blog post on Paul Wulff and that's about it today.
• Around the Pac-12: Bud Withers names Keith Price the Pac-12 offensive player of the half-year and wonders if he's not better than Jake Locker. ... The Arizona Daily Star looks around the conference and sees WSU as the surprise team.... Washington: No one has been able to stand up to Stanford and Andrew Luck this season. This week UW takes its shot. ... Oregon State: The Beavers are averaging just 69 yards a game on the ground the last five games. Malcolm Agnew hopes to change that. If not, maybe his truck is next. Personally, if they catch and convict whoever keyed Jordan Poyer's truck, they should let the defense chat with the person for a while before sending them to jail. ... Oregon: Really, it's just Colorado. Why should the Ducks rush back their injured players? They need them next week for Washington State, don't they? ... California: Speaking of injured players, the Bears have a bunch. At least that's what observers think. One running back isn't hurt and can't wait for Saturday. ... Stanford: The Cardinal want to get off to a better start. And they would like Chris Owusu to be able to contribute to it. ... Colorado: Jon Embree is a former pro assistant coach. So it's little wonder he's attached to the pro offense at the hip. ... Utah: John White does big things for the Utah offense. ... USC: The Notre Dame rivalry is your father's rivalry, at least according to Lane Kiffin. ... UCLA: You better have a strong secondary in the Pac-12. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils are starting to get their injured players back. Not such good news for the rest of the conference. ... Arizona: The offense is going to run itself the rest of the season.
• That's all we have this morning. We'll be back after practice tonight. Until then ...