Monday Morning Links

From Pullman -- The Cougars had their typical Monday press conference on Thursday of last week, so there won't be any new news or video from today ... We've got a story in the S-R about how the Washington State basketball team is already feeling the impact of the NCAA's new rules ... As well as a first look at the ASU-WSU football game ... The Cougars may have been off last weekend but their flag wasn't ... WSU will face a Top-25 opponent on Thursday, although just barely ... The Sun Devils took a recruit from USC last weekend.

Links from around the conference will be your everlasting reward if you continue reading.


Arizona: The writer is fairly blasé about the Wildcats' win last weekend ... Arizona's quarterback is closing in on some records.

Cal: There's not enough evidence to judge Sonny Dykes one way or the other ... The quarterback controversy at Cal is over.

Colorado: Postseason play will not come easily to the Buffaloes ... Especially not with that ghastly defense.

Oregon: Are the Ducks ready to take on the best? ... Don't worry about the defense.

Oregon State: Sean Mannion wasn't at his best when it mattered most ... But there were some positives in OSU's loss.

Stanford: The Cardinal will have some time off before its showdown with the Ducks.

UCLA: The Bruins are close ... and aren't pleased about it.

USC: The Trojans have a big challenge ahead of them ... History is not on their side.

Utah: The Utes are looking for answers ... They've got some extra time to think.

Washington: The Huskies' success is directly tied to how much they rush Bishop Sankey ... Don James' memorial got quite a crowd.

Bonus Link: I'm going to start including one extra link each day to an interesting and or moving sports article from the past. They won't always be about college football or basketball -- though I'll by and large stick them within the appropriate seasons -- but will always be of interest to fans of good sports writing. Tuesday's is about a pair of remarkable high schools in rural Florida that have churned out college football stars. If you've been impressed with Florida State freshman Jameis Winston, then make sure you take note of Kelvin Benjamin -- Winston's top receiving target. Benjamin is the latest in the long lineage of rabbit-chasing football players.

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Jacob Thorpe
Sports reporter Jacob Thorpe covers Washington State University athletics. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.



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