FROM PULLMAN — It's two days until game day, which means the usual Washington State Thursday content — Pac-12 picks, as well as power rankings later on in the day. WSU has its final practice of the week later this afternoon, but first we have all these links to post and nowhere else to post them. Read.
For today's newspaper, we wrote about the need for Washington State to get more production out of its running game, surprisingly enough. In addition, we have our Pac-12 picks in the newspaper, as well as a blog post about practice with some special teams notes, a recap of yesterday's live chat, and a Q-and-A post with our own Jim Allen, who covers Eastern Washington. John Blanchette writes about WSU stepping into the stadium arms race. Speaking of Jim Allen, he has this Big Sky notebook, leading with Eastern's opportunity to beat an FBS team two weeks in a row. Speaking of Eastern Washington, CougCenter writes a few million words about the Eagles. And they charted WSU's game against BYU, too.
Around the Pac-12 … Washington's new starting running back is the unassuming type, though most WSU fans have some assumptions of their own in that regard. A former UW safety is fitting in nicely at linebacker. … A California receiver is just like his dad. Jon Wilner ranks the Pac-12. … Stanford's junior nickel back lived up to his name last week. … UCLA is hoping another win over Nebraska can jump-start its program again, like it did back in 1972. … An LA Times columnist doesn't think the NCAA should hammer USC again. … A Colorado linebacker is earning fans in a hurry. … More about Utah's dynamic defensive line. … Arizona State is trying to avoid penalties this season. Somewhere, Dennis Erickson's ears are burning. … Arizona's Dan Buckner doesn't care about numbers. … Oregon State's marathon training camp drags on, and on, and on. … De'Anthony Thomas might have a shot at the Heisman Trophy, says one guy.
That's all for now.