From San Francisco — It's that time again. The coffee is brewing, the birds are chirping and there's a new set of links for you to peruse. The kids are still asleep, and this solitary hour is for you to treasure. I won't keep you.
Yesterday was Pac-12's Basketball media day. The conference is expected to be much improved, even if the Cougars aren't … The football team is traveling down to Eugene to face the juggernaut that is Oregon … The Ducks have found a way to introduce a new helmet that isn't obnoxious … Oregon's coach isn't overlooking WSU … Nobody panic, the Ducks have another budding superstar … A penchant for interceptions may not be WSU quarterback Connor Halliday's biggest problem.
How was that? Getting settled in? Immerse yourself, after the jump.
Arizona: The Wildcats didn't USC, but there is a silver lining … Arizona could be down a safety.
Arizona State: Two desperate teams will meet in the desert this weekend … The Sun Devils are used to fearsome running backs.
Cal: It's no secret the Golden Bears have injury problems, but it's still remarkable to see them listed.
Colorado: The Buffaloes won't face many FCS opponents after Charleston Southern.
Oregon State: Mile Riley hates late kickoffs. Join the club … But that shouldn't prevent OSU from winning big this weekend.
Stanford: The Cardinal kicker could be kept out against the Bruins … But there's no reason for Stanford to panic.
UCLA: Finally, the Bruins have a headline opponent for the next decade … The oft made Cassius Marsh-Muhammed Ali comparison is apt beyond their birth names.
USC: Maybe the Trojans aren't destined to have a feature back … USC has another star in the making at wide receiver.
Utah: Anthony Denham enjoys knocking around defenders … Utah's athletic director doesn't think being older is an advantage, and could be a disadvantage. Ok, then.
Washington: Columnist Kevin Dowd says that halftime adjustements will be key as UW enters the third quarter of its season … UW's running back is on pace for some lofty numbers.