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It’s game day at WSU

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There are so many links to get through this morning, they seem to be overwhelming Firefox. So I had to put up this morning's post in two phases. Read on.

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• Washington State: For new readers to this blog, we save our thoughts about today's game for the pregame blog post. In the morning we just pass along links, and today we have a bunch. We'll start with our advance and four things to watch in today's game. ... Bud Withers has this advance in the Seattle Times along with a scouting report. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick also has an advance. ... From Denver, there is this look at Washington State. ... A look at the game from the Idaho State perspective. ... And a women's basketball note, with the Cougars earning a committment.

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• Around the Pac-12: One of my favorite things each week is to read Ted Miller's mailbag on ESPN.com. ... Miller also has the conference injury report. This may be the first time in memory WSU's is one of the shortest of the bunch. Travis Long and Nolan Washington will both play and both should start. Jordan Pu'u Robinson may not play and Jake Rodgers won't. ... If you want to watch the best college football today, you'll have to have either two TVs or picture-in-picture. ... Washington: The Huskies have distinct advantages in their opener, as this scouting report shows. ... The Eastern players thinks they have a shot, though. ... Oregon State: Despite the Beavers' injuries, this is a mismatch. ... Oregon: A big stadium is hosting a big game, one in which Oregon hopes to answer some big questions. ... A former Duck running back ran back home. ... California: Of all the conference teams opening today, the Bears might have the toughest road to victory. ... While they play at Candlestick today, their home stadium's facelift is going strong. ... Stanford: David Shaw expects his debut today as head coach at his alma mater to be emotional. ... It will also be huge challenge for San Jose State. ... Colorado: The Buffaloes know Hawaii is going to come out throwing – and then keep throwing. ... Utah: A Ute running back had his coming-out party in the opener. ... USC: A Trojans running back almost had a get-lost party last year. ... UCLA: The Bruins have owned Texas teams recently. ... Arizona State: Looking back at the win over UC Davis, the only bad news is the injury report. ... Arizona: The way last season ended, the Wildcats are more than eager to get this one started.

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• That's all for right now. We'll head over to the stadium a bit before noon and be in place to offer you some thoughts from the press box. We'll also be on Twitter today during the game @vinceg55, so look us up. Until then ...




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