The sun is just starting to peek its head over the wheat field behind my apartment as I begin this post this morning, so you know it's early. And it's also already beginning to get warm, so you know it's early September. Read on.
• Washington State: There is a lot to get to this morning, so let's get right at it. ... We have our Pac-12 notebook covering the ongoing expansion talk in today's S-R, and there is more on the subject, lots more, below. ... Ted Miller has a post on Marshall Lobbestael taking over as WSU's quarterback. ... The Associated Press' Nick Geranios has more on Lobbestael. ... CougCenter's Jeff Nusser grades out the Cougars' effort against ISU. ... We summarized coach Paul Wulff's press conferences for you yesterday, but you can also watch the video from the local one here.
• Around the Pac-12: Which conference schools played the most freshmen last week? If you had Washington State and Arizona, you are a winner. ... There is some intrigue to the conference this week. ... The change we talked about this week is coming, possibly as soon as next week, which will make the Big 12 football season this year quite interesting. ... And everyone in the conference is ready for it. ... Washington: Steve Sarkisian called out his team this week for a reason. ... Hawaii presents some challenges to the Huskies as a whole and to one individual. ... Oregon State: Two quarterbacks. Good thing or bad thing? Debate. ... The Beavers' spiritual leader returns. ... Oregon: LaMichael James is looking to make his own holes while freshman De'Anthony Thomas just wants to hold on to the ball. ... ... California: The Bears head to Boulder for a non-conference game (yes, it is) hoping to get the first blows in. ... Stanford: It's all about the offensive line with the Cardinal offense, for good or bad. ... Colorado: So the Buffaloes left the Big 12 behind, right? Well, the Big 12 could be chasing after Colorado. ... Utah: The Utes aren't going to back down against USC, on or off the field. That is, if quarterback Jordan Wynn plays like he can. ... USC: Now that Marc Tyler is back, will Lane Kiffin be meeting with more parents of running backs? ... UCLA: The Bruins won't have their starting center this week. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils are getting back a couple of offensive linemen. ... Arizona: For the second time in three games, the Wildcats face Oklahoma State and it's explosive offense.
• That's it for now. The Cougars will finish up their full-pad work for the week and more than likely a few of the flu-ridden players will return. We'll be back afterward. Until then ...