It was kind of quiet on the practice field last night, what with school out, so few spectators were about. And the Cougars were missing quite a few players due to a virus. Read on.
• Washington State: No, it is not food poisoning that's nailing the Cougars right now (we listed the players missing Monday here). Basically, it's the flu. And I've seen this before, when school starts. Students converge from all over the country, bugs gets passed around, people go down for a day or two and then they're back. Should happen this week as well. Take Jeff Tuel. He was out at practice Monday, laughing, talking, being himself. He looked good to go – except his left arm was in a sling. But the flu was behind him. Expect the missing players to be back either today or tomorrow, though it's possible a couple more could be hit as well. ... Of course, this isn't a good thing for Washington State. No missed practices ever are. But it is what it is and you deal with it. ... We have our first look at Saturday's opponent, UNLV in today's S-R. The Rebels are in rebuilding mode under second-year coach Bobby Hauck. ... If you are into the science of football (and there are a lot of people who consider the game akin to a lab exercise), then these links from CougCenter are for you. There was this analysis of the defense and these two links that look at the offense. ... Last weekend was productive in more ways than one for the Cougars. They had three offensive linemen visiting and already received two commitments (and are hoping for the third). CougCenter has a post about the Arizona commit, Denzell Dotson, and Cougfan has the news about Sam Flor, from O'Dea in Seattle, though it's a pay link so I can't pass it along.
• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller always has a lot on Mondays and we pass along his power rankings (WSU isn't last, wow), rewind, the players of the week (in the Pac-12 press release, the headline had Polk, not Folk, as the special teams player) and the week ahead. ... Bud Withers talks about who had a good week and who didn't. ... The Pac-12 conference games open this week in Los Angeles. ... Washington: Steve Sarkisian won't be as cautious this week, hoping the Huskies will get their swagger back. ... Expectations have grown in Seattle. ... Oregon State: Nothing worth passing along today. ... Oregon: Chip Kelly thinks it would be nice if the Ducks could host a good team every once in a while. Didn't Oklahoma come to Eugene in the past few years? And wasn't there a replay controversy? ... Oregon gets ready for Nevada. The game is in Eugene. ... ... California: See next school. ... Stanford: The Bay Area schools are graded on their week. ... Colorado: Can the Buffs fix what is wrong? ... Utah: It's a big week for Utah teams as the Utes renew acquaintances with the Trojans. ... USC: It's not like Utah's coaching staff is filled with strangers. ... UCLA: A quarterback controversy in Los Angeles. How so 1950s of the Bruins. ... Now a kicker controversy, that would be new. ... Arizona State: Second week of the season. Biggest game of the year? ... Arizona: An unintended consequence of a Pac-16? The Stoops brothers could be back together.
• That's all for this morning. Paul Wulff has a press conference today, the Cougars will be out at practice in, more than likely, full pads. And we'll be sweating in the September sun. We'll be back after it's all done. Until then ...