Welcome to Pac-12 football. The first week of conference play began last night in Pullman under a few dark clouds. No, we're speaking accurately, not metaphorically. It rained all through practice. Washington State takes today off then hits the field again Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's conference opener at Colorado. Read on.
• Washington State: Not a lot to share, though we did find a couple of Cougar-related stories, including one that compares the rebuilding job Jon Embree faces at this week's game site with the one Paul Wulff is undertaking at WSU. ... A former Cougar is facing some hard time in Canada after some tough times. ... And that is what we can share. ... By the way, must have missed mentioning Anthony Laurenzi was at practice yesterday, running with the ones. And in answer to a question, Locker's infection was caused by the same thing that caused an infection in my son this summer, a bad bee sting.
• Around the Pac-12: The conference's roster of quarterbacks is deeper than anyone thought when the season started. ... ESPN.com's Ted Miller ranks the Pac-12. ... Washington: After nearly four full tough games, the Huskies defense came up big down the stretch against Cal. ... Oregon State: Coach Mike Riley believes the Beavers need to live in a vacuum after their 0-3 start. The obvious joke here has something to do with sucking. ... Oregon: Smart move in Eugene. The Ducks start class this week and they have a bye. Good pairing. ... California: Grading the Bears heading into their bye week. ... Stanford: Nothing here. ... Colorado: There is a target the size of Pikes Peak on Paul Richardson's back. ... Utah: After their bye week, the Utes begin the Pac-12 schedule in earnest. ... USC: The film of the ASU loss gives the Trojans nightmares. ... UCLA: The Bruins schedule seems to give them a break. No Oregon. ... Arizona State: Looking back at the Sun Devils win against USC. The view is pretty clear. ... Arizona: Of all the glaring statistics the Wildcats have posted this season, this one is the worst: Since their opener against Northern Arizona, they've trailed in 164:53 of the 180 minutes they've played.
• That's it for today. We'll be back as events warrant. Until later ...