FROM ATLANTA — Our pit stop in this fine Georgia city is almost over, because it's time to drive into Auburn to take a look around before Saturday's game. First, we have our usual links to get to, including coverage of the first Pac-12 games of the season.
– Our story in today's newspaper focuses on the football-as-religion aspect of SEC country, with a couple WSU coaches speaking from experience.
– I did a Q-and-A about the game with Ryan Black of the Ledger-Enquirer.
– No practice yesterday, so no practice report. We'll have a series of five questions and answers from a pair of Auburn beat reporters later today.
– Auburn and WSU are both coached by offensive gurus.
– More on Leach vs. Ellis Johnson.
– Auburn doesn't necessarily need its quarterback to be Superman.
– Lots of other Auburn stuff from AL.com.
There were two Pac-12 games yesterday …
USC 30, Hawaii 13 — The Warriors scored a touchdown in the final seconds to cover the spread, but the Trojans used defense to coast in this one.
As for Friday …
Northern Arizona at Arizona, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks — Arizona is ready to shake off its jitters and get the season started with what should be an easy victory.
And elsewhere …
– If you didn't already think Mike Riley is one of college football's good guys, read this story and you will.
– Mark Helfrich has been preparing his whole life to be Oregon's coach.
– The Seattle Times reported last night that Austin Seferian-Jenkins will indeed be suspended for Washington's opener.
– A junior receiver is finally getting his chance for Colorado.
– An interview with Arizona State's Will Sutton.
– Nevada doesn't care about its big-time underdog status heading into Saturday's game against UCLA.
– Next year's Big Game won't be played in Levis Stadium, after all. Imagine that — an athletic department listening to the needs of its fans.
– Stanford wrapped up its first depth chart.