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A mid-week morning post from WSU

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No smart comments today. We've got too much to link, including a lot about Washington State, so we'll get right to it. Read on.

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• Washington State: Just re-read the opening paragraph. The first sentence was supposed to read no smart-aleck comments today, but I screwed it up. But I guess the wrong way is right as well. ... We had our Pac-12 notebook in today's S-R, but that's just the beginning of our WSU coverage (and the Pac-12 coverage as well). ... CougCenter's Brian Floyd has this piece on Paul Wulff's plan for the Cougar program. ... The site also has this on Toni Pole, who hurt his knee Tuesday. ... Howie Stalwick has this WSU notebook in the News Tribune. ... And ESPN.com's Ted Miller examines this week's game and what it means to WSU. ... The Aztecs haven't had much success against the Pac-12 lately. ... A look at WSU from the UNLV perspective, and what the Cougars' start means to the Rebels' rebuilding plans.

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• Around the Pac-12: Once again, we have more about possible expansion, all of it really interesting and some of it at odds with each other. ... Miller wants to know who is hot and who is not. ... The Pac-12 is still ranked fourth in the power conferences. ... Offenses are ahead of defenses – and quarterbacks are ahead of everyone. ... Washington: The Huskies' defense was embarrassed by Nebraska in the first game last season, and dominated the rematch. . ... Oregon State: The Beavers change starting quarterbacks and George Schroeder wonders if their usual late-season surge will change as well. ... Oregon: An injury forces the Ducks to make a defensive change. Their offense has changed a bit as well. ... California: A freshman is finding his feet in the Bears' offense. ... Stanford: The Cardinal offense isn't strawberry or chocolate. It's vanilla. And here's hoping it won't melt in the Arizona heat. ... Colorado: The Buffs rivalry with Colorado State has lost a bit of luster in Denver. ... Utah: The Utes rivalry with BYU has lost a bit of luster throughout the state. But it will survive. And it's been even the past 24 years. ... USC: Marc Tyler is keeping his mouth shut and just running. ... UCLA: The Bruins' kicker is a bit sore. ... Arizona State: A couple of Sun Devils have risen to the occasion. ... Arizona: Nick Foles' numbers are staggering once again this season.

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• That's it for now. We'll be back after practice this evening. Until then ...




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