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SUNDAY, AUG. 31, 2014, 6 A.M.

They aren’t who you thought they were

What's the most predictable thing about college football? It's the unpredictability. Jameis Winston hardly looked like a Heisman Trophy winner while defending champion Florida State eked out a win over Oklahoma State, West Virginia gave Alabama all it could handle and who knew Marshawn Lynch played for Georgia?

My sincere apologies to anyone who placed money based on my Pac-12 picks for week one. We may print my cell phone number, but there's a reason we don't print my home address.

Follow the jump for links from around this crazy, messed up conference.

-- Yesterday was Sunday for practice purposes, and Monday for press conference purposes, so have quotes from the media availability for Mike Leach and players Connor Halliday, Darryl Monroe and Vince Mayle.


-- The Cougars held a nighttime practice that featured the return of Sebastian LaRue and an interview with coach Mike Breske.

 

-- Washington State has had 497 losses since it decided to have a football program 95 years ago and Vince remembers all of them. So, you'll have to believe him when says that Thursday's loss had a familiar feel.

-- The Huskies opened their season at Hawaii and won, technically, in the most literal sense of the word.

-- All the Arizona news you need is in this notebook.

-- Arizona State's effort was apparent even on film.

-- Cal matched its win total from last season with a surprising road win.

-- Oregon's results on Saturday were entirely expected.

-- Oregon State's win over Portland State was not the stuff of legend.

-- Stanford dominated a severely-overmatched opponent.

-- USC's offense was as good as the Trojan's week has been bad off the field.

-- UCLA's offensive line was less than impressive against Virginia.




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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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