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Gauta, picks and links

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FROM PULLMAN -- From a story on a WSU nose tackle to our weekly Pac-12 picks, there's plenty of Cougar-related news to read about this morning. Read.

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Here is the aforementioned story on Gauta, who was one of three players made available to the media this week, and our Pac-12 picks. We also posted on the blog yesterday with notes and video (courtesy of WSU) from practice, and you can read a recap of our live chat here. ... Speaking of live chats, Bill Moos participated in one with The Seattle Times yesterday. As part of his Seattle media tour, Moos was also a guest with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett on KJR, a segment you can listen to above. ... Bob Condotta wonders if the WSU-Oregon game might outdraw the UW-Stanford game at CenturyLink Field next weekend. ... Howie Stalwick also has a feature on Gauta. ... Missed this the other day, but Bud Withers had an interesting blog post about the Cougars as big favorites. ... The Denver Post has a story about Mike Leach. ... Colorado: The Buffaloes want to play with more intensity.

Around the Pac-12 ... Washington's heralded freshman defender is already impressing. ... There's a lot of Oregon in Arizona's offense, and vice versa. ... Arizona State needs its receivers to step up. ... Brandon Bigelow's emergence was a positive during California's loss to Ohio State last week. ... Utah's punting game is excelling with the help of an Aussie. ... Lane Kiffin was at it again yesterday, blowing off reporters because he didn't like the line of questioning. If you're (immature) like me, this video will just make you giggle for a long, long time. ... Oregon State's linebackers coach is a grad assistant with a strong bloodline. ... Some more about the similarities between Arizona and Oregon, offensively. Some Ducks come from tough, blue-collar Pittsburg -- the one in California. ... The Pac-12/DirecTV battle is getting a bit salty.

That's all we have for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple




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