FROM PULLMAN -- Eight days remain until Washington State kicks off the 2013 season in the deep south. The Cougars will begin Auburn-specific preparations in earnest this weekend. We'll be there, but for now, we're here. With links.
--- Our story in today's newspaper focuses on the competition at sam linebacker, where Eric Oertel and Cyrus Coen are battling for a starting spot.
--- Bud Withers has this story about Connor Halliday.
--- Deontae Cooper is eight days away from completing a miraculous recovery.
--- Oregon's head coach has some decisions to make.
--- Mike Riley isn't worried about the preparedness of Oregon State's quarterbacks.
--- One of USC's quarterback candidates would send the Trojans on a different pattern.
--- UCLA's long-snapper is a work in progress.
--- California's new quarterback is living the dream.
--- Colorado is adapting well to the shotgun snap.
--- A junior-college transfer gives Utah depth at receiver.
--- An Arizona State defensive end is turning heads.