FROM EUGENE — WSU can play the role of spoiler today against the Ducks, who are still in the Pac-12 title hunt. We have some links to pass along as we preview another Saturday in the Pac-12.
First we have a link to our advance, which focuses on the firepower Oregon has already displayed not only recently, but also against the Cougars earlier this season. We also have a blog post with additional notes and quotes from conversations with coach Ken Bone and D.J. Shelton yesterday. … The Ducks, fresh off their dismantling of Washington, are trying to avoid a let-down. … Bud Withers takes a look at the jumbled Pac-12 standings, and has some quality insight into what Brock Motum has meant to the Cougars this season. … Mike Leach and his staff have already begun sending invites for the school's Junior Day.
Around the Pac-12 …
Washington State at Oregon, 3 p.m.
California at UCLA, 1 p.m. (FSN): A Bears loss and a whole bunch of other occurrences could have the conference in a five-way tie for first place by the end of the weekend. It'll be a stiff test for the Bruins, who were picked to win the Pac-12. Maybe UCLA will be ready this time around.
Washington plays Oregon State on Sunday, and can't afford to lay another egg there, assuming they get there in a timely fashion this time. The Beavers look to fill a leadership void. … Stanford and USC play each other Sunday, as well. The Cardinal needs to shorten its rotation.
All for now. We'll be back before the game.