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FROM PULLMAN -- Saturday wasn't fun for Washington State. But the Cougars can't dwell on it. Not with preparation for No. 2 Oregon already in the works. Read on for links to get the week started.

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We'll start with our follow story from Saturday's game that appeared in this morning's newspaper, focusing on WSU's need to turn things around quickly before facing a dangerous Oregon team. We also had some news from practice on the blog last night. ... Jason Puckett doesn't think WSU will win again this season. ... Oregon has been installed as a 28-point favorite (and the spread has since moved to 29). ... From the Oregon perspective, the Ducks are relishing a dominant defensive effort.

Around the Pac-12 ... Washington is preparing for a physical Stanford team. ... Oregon State is (sort of) talking Rose Bowl after two games, though I'm not sure there are too many Pac-12 teams that don't set that as a goal. ... Arizona's red-zone issues were, well, they were an issue against Oregon. ... Arizona State is sick of losing to California. ... UCLA is expecting to get one of its guards back this week. ... USC isn't too concerned about its offensive performance against Cal. ... A familiar name will accompany UCLA in Colorado this week.

That's all for now. It's media availability day, with Connor Halliday, Travis Long and Xavier Cooper scheduled to speak with the media, along with coach Mike Leach. We'll be back with plenty from that.

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




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