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Thursday morning from WSU

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One more day of practice lies ahead for the Washington State football team during its bye week. But before we schlep on out to Rogers Field to sweat a bit, let's catch up on what's happening around Pullman and the rest of the Pac-12 on this fine Thursday. Read on.

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• Washington State: Before we get into the links, or lack thereof, we wanted to tease you a bit. We sat down with Cougar athletic director Bill Moos on Wednesday and talked about topics as varied as, well mainly we talked about football-related topics, but there were a couple of other things. We'll bring you that interview in Sunday's S-R. ... As for links, we have our Pac-12 picks – new motto: "Breaking even is the new winning" – that we should have passed along last night. Other than the picks and last night's post, not much to share.
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• Around the Pac-12: There is more, as you might expect, on the conference's no-we're-not-going-to-expand announcement, including some thoughts from ESPN.com's Ted Miller. ... Miller also has his Pac-12 picks and tells us what to watch this weekend. ... Washington: Keith Price is playing quarterback on two bad knees, and doing darn well. ... A preview of Saturday's game. ...  Oregon State: It's official. James Rodgers will play against UCLA and Malcom Agnew will not. The offensive line better be ready to hold its blocks a bit longer. ... Oregon: The Ducks have had a few exciting wins against Arizona recently but to do it again this week, they'll have to overcome the loss of an offensive lineman. ... California: Last year's loss to Washington really stung the Bears. ... Stanford: Nothing. ... Colorado: The Buffs rely on three true freshmen on offense and defense, plus both specialists. ... Utah: With John White leading the way, the Utes could play in the Rose Bowl. ... USC: Robert Woods may just be the first receiver in Trojan history to lead the nation. ... UCLA: The Bruins are deep at running back while AD Dan Guerrero is in deep over Rick Neuheisel. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils' game this week is a big one in the South Division. ... Arizona: The Wildcats are going to try another way to slow Oregon's offense.

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




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