We tried to sleep in today, but that plan failed when the guy upstairs decided to do his vacuuming at the break of dawn. And he's real thorough at it. Real thorough. So thorough we're blaming our headache on him, along with the financial troubles in Greece and the Red Sox collapse. Read on.
• Washington State: Before we get into the links, thought it would be a good idea to set the record straight on a couple things floating around cyberspace. ... We'll start with Rahmel Dockery's status and we'll remind you of one player: Brandon Rankin. As you may recall, earlier this year Rankin was deemed ineligible by the NCAA. It all revolved around one class. The senior defensive lineman had to appeal the ruling. After waiting what seemed an interminable time, the NCAA granted the appeal and Rankin was good to go. Of course Dockery's case is different, because he's trying to get approval from the NCAA Eligibility Center, be allowed to enter school full-time and, most importantly to his family I'm sure, be able to receive financial aid. But the principle is the same. He's this close to meeting the requirements, he can appeal and there is still a chance he'll be granted full eligibility. That's a decision that has to be made by the Dockerys and the school. My guess is they will appeal. But even if it's denied, there is also the opportunity to meet the NCAA requirements over the next couple months and enroll in the spring. Being coach Paul Wulff stated earlier this week if Dockery is cleared now he would still redshirt, the latter contingency doesn't have a huge down side. He would still have five years to play four beginning next season. ... The other item I have seen is talk of former Cougar – and current ALS patient – Steve Gleason raising the flag at a WSU home game this season, possibly even Homecoming. Let me tell you that there is nothing that would give Bill Moos more happiness than to have this happen. But the logistics of it will be tough to overcome. Gleason's wife is due to have a child soon and that would make traveling to the Pacific Northwest problematic at best. WSU is still trying to work this out. ... OK, on to the morning links. We have our story on Marquess Wilson's breakout start of the season along with our Pac-12 picks. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has this fun feature on offensive lineman Wade Jacobson in the News Tribune, which also has this preview of Saturday's game. ... If you will be in Colorado for the game, you can also check out the Cougars' newest quarterback commit, Austin Apodaca, who plays Friday night at Windsor High, which is southeast of Denver, according to Google maps.
• Around the Pac-12: Want to know what to look for this Saturday? ESPN.com's Ted Miller tells you. He also has his picks and looks at recruiting around the league. ... San Jose's Jon Wilner has his picks and ranks the conference's teams. ... Don't miss a minute of the conference football action. ... Washington: The Huskies lose a running back for the year but see a tight end emerge. ... Oregon State: This may have been the worst football month in school history. But next month should be better. ... Oregon: Nothing. ... California: Here either. ... Stanford: At least one Stanford assistant is better educated than the rest of us and one defender is a better actor than Fabio (Moneyball: "Who the heck is Fabio?" "He's a shortstop with the Mariners."). ... Colorado: The Buffs moved a running back to cornerback this week and he'll play against the Cougars. ... CU's punter didn't have his best day in Columbus. ... Utah: The Utes fear Washington's balance on offense, led by young quarterback Keith Price. ... USC: As porous as Arizona's run defense has been, Marc Tyler expects a lot of carries Saturday. ... UCLA: Can the Bruins dent Stanford's run defense? ... Arizona State: One reason the Devils' running game is doing better is the wide receivers are blocking better. ... Arizona: After redshirting as a freshman, this defensive tackle is getting thrown into the fire.
• That's what we have this morning. Paul Wulff holds a short teleconference this afternoon and then there's practice. We'll be at both. Until then ...