Two Pac-12 teams opened their 2011 season last night, with one really happy with a rout and the other, not so much. Read on for more on that, plus Washington State news.
• Washington State: We covered most everything about the Cougars' Thursday on our post last night, but here's another link to our story concerning the strange nature of tomorrow's game. … The Times' Bud Withers has this feature on B.J. Guerra, one of five WSU players who were with the Cougars when Bill Doba was their coach. … We had our summary of coach Paul Wulff's press conference in last night's post and Cougfan has its summary here. … Five things CougCenter is looking for this weekend.
• Around the Pac-12: As we alluded to in our opening paragraph, there were mixed results last night despite both conference teams winning. It's mainly about expectations, isn't it? … Bud Withers looks at the upset candidates in the conference's first week. … An examination of the schedules. … There are more people talking about the Big 12, the Pac-12 and Oklahoma. … Washington: The Huskies first leap into the FCS pool isn't displacing much water. … The UW seniors kept the flame burning. … Oregon State: James Rodgers' knee is progressing. … Oregon: Calling Saturday's game with LSU the Willie Lyles Bowl, now that's funny. … The two coaches couldn't be any more different. … Terrance Mitchell has fast shoes to fill. … California: The Bears want more out of their running game. … Stanford: The Cardinal have five freshmen who will play a lot. … Colorado: Nothing to pass along today. … Utah: We mentioned expectations. Most casual football fans don't realize how good a top-notch FCS school can be. And Montana State is a top-notch FCS school right now. Still, Utah's 27-10 home win over the Bobcats didn't inspire much confidence. … USC: With only hours before the season opener, the Trojans lose an assistant coach. … UCLA: Speaking of confidence, this columnist doesn't have much in Rick Neuheisel. … The Bruins know what they are getting in Houston. … Arizona State: As expected, the Sun Devils roll over UC Davis, 48-14. The Aggies are not one of those top-notch FCS teams right now. … Vontaze Burfict was near-perfect…. Arizona: Right now, a freshman is starting at outside linebacker.
• That's it for this morning. The Cougars have their final walk-through this afternoon then are off to the hotel for the night. We'll have some final notes and links before we crash this evening as well. Until then …