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Wednesday Morning Links

From Pullman—By the time you read this, I'll be pulling into SeaTac airport, en route to San Francisco for Pac-12 Basketball Media Day. While that means no more practice reports this week, it will also mean a flurry of basketball news, so stay tuned for that.

As for yesterday's practice, coach Mike Leach announced after practice that freshman cornerback Alex Jackson has been suspended indefinitely. Jackson has played sparingly this year, although he did return a pair of kickoffs against Stanford.

Also absent from practice was wide receiver Kristoff Williams, although Leach said that he remains in good standing with the team. Linebacker Feddie Davey was limited in practice, and linebackers coach Ken Wilson confirmed that he is nursing some minor injuries. Wilson also said that he expects the injured Peyton Pelluer back at practice this week.

On scout team the Cougars had receiver Drew Loftus taking snaps at quarterback, presumably an attempt to replicate the speed of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. 

Now let's get to those links:

Here's our story on a former Bellarmine Prep star who Colorado is resting its hopes on … The top and bottom of the Pac-12 is pretty clear, but the middle is all shook up … Oregon's defensive coordinator has some advice for WSU's offense … ESPN's Pac-12 Blog has a midseason report on the Cougars … Oregon's freshman running back has hype of Dickensian proportions … Are the Ducks the best team in the country?

Arizona: The Wildcats' star running back is eager to face a familiar foe … Rich Rodgriguez questioned his players' effort.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils have a pleasant surprise on defense.

Cal: Sonny Dykes knows he's up against a very efficient offense.

Colorado: The Buffaloes may be down, but don't count them out … They're not looking past anyone, not even Charleston Southern.

Oregon State: The Beavers face their second Air Raid offense in two weeks … A tribute, from a Tribune, to coach Mike Riley.

Stanford: The Cardinal have a must-win situation on their hands … They face an opponent that is similar by design.

UCLA: The Bruins can finally end a long losing-streak … It's a big opportunity.

USC: It's rivalry week in Troy … So Ed Orgeron brought in quite the motivational speaker.

Utah: The Utes will be rooting for the Cardinal from now on … It doesn't get any easier for Utah … But they enter the season's second half with momentum.

Washington: UW's secondary is as confident as ever … Bishop Sankey is on pace to shatter some records.

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