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No sleep ‘til Provo


FROM PULLMAN — That's right. In just a week's time, the Washington State football team will wake up in a hotel in Utah, board a bus to LaVell Edwards Stadium and play its first football game of the 2012 season. But there is work to do before then. Read on.

With practice not really being practice yesterday, there is no real story in today's newspaper. We did file a short rail item similar to our blog post about the new walk-ons yesterday. Also, if you missed our live chat, you can read all of it here. … I was a guest yesterday on the Rise and Shout podcast over at Vanquish The Foe, the BYU site on SB Nation. … Mike Leach, swagger, etc. … Mason Kelley of takes an interesting look at the recruiting rivalry between Washington and WSU. … More on Leach and Kyle Whittingham as hunting parterns and friends.

Around the Pac-12 (and BYU) … Washington is relying on a different linebacker in the middle this season. Ryan Divish has a UW notebook that leads off with some grotesque injury details. … California released its first depth chart yesterday, 10 days before its season opener. … Arizona has a running back who reminds of a video game. … Arizona State hopes for big contributions out of its two junior college transfers at linebacker. … UCLA's left tackle is getting back into football after a two-year hiatus. … If USC's defense is going to shut teams down this year, it needs its defensive line to be the backbone. The Trojans still don't know who their backup quarterback is. … There's a rattlesnake playing for Utah this season. … A couple of Colorado linebackers are sticking together. … A cool look at what goes into a quarterback competition from Aaron Fentress at the Oregonian. … John Canzano writes about Mike Riley and the challenges that await this season. … A BYU tight end has moved to receiver.

That's all for now. We'll be back after practice.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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