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.