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Looking at Auburn (and Jeff Tuel)


FROM PULLMAN — Hard to believe Washington State will practice just twice more before departing for Auburn (though they will hold a closed practice on Friday). One of those sessions is later this afternoon, at 3:30, and we'll pass along anything noteworthy afterward. For now, here are some links as game week cranks along, as well as some reading material on Jeff Tuel, who could qualify now as the most unlikely starting quarterback in the NFL.

– In case you missed it last night, here's our quick first look at Auburn that ran in today's paper.

– Also in today's paper is this AP story about Jeff Tuel, who very well may be Buffalo's Week 1 starter after a rash of injuries wiped out the Bills' depth at quarterback.

– Bud Withers writes about Nolan Washington's quest for a happy ending to his frustrating career.

– looks at five players to watch on WSU's offense.

– Mike Leach said on the radio yesterday that WSU isn't far off from a good season.

– Here's a cool WSU preview graphic from Auburn's official athletics site.

– CougCenter breaks down the commitment yesterday of Freeman High School offensive lineman Jordan Rose, who becomes the 12th known committed player in WSU's 2014 class.

– Stanford's Barry Sanders is out to make his own name.

– California still has ill will about the way the 1949 Rose Bowl ended.

– A pair of banged up players are expected to play in UCLA's opener.

– More on USC's quarterback situation. The Trojans will be without their best running back in Hawaii.

– Arizona isn't technically naming a starting quarterback, but it's no secret who the front-runner is.

– Marion Grice could spearhead what Arizona State hopes will be another explosive offense.

– Utah is preparing to face a dual-threat quarterback in its opener against Utah State.

– Connor Wood will start at quarterback for Colorado.

– Oregon State ended its own suspense yesterday and named Sean Mannion as starting quarterback.

– Oregon linebacker Tony Washington remembers the lessons taught by his father, who died four years ago today.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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