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Now it's WSU's chance

Last night the Mariners and Seahawks of Seattle combined to outscore their opponents 46-18. Today, Washington State has the spotlight and can keep the good Northwestern vibes going with a similar performance in a 7:30 p.m. ESPN game.

This will be the Pac-12's weekend and the Cougars have Friday night all to themselves.

The links are after the jump.

-- My story in advance of today's game focuses on the many Cougars who were or were going to be part of Nevada's program.

-- We look at four things WSU must do to win in our 2-minute drill.

-- Bud Withers has a story advancing the game as well, saying that the WSU defense will look different this week.

-- Fox Sports also has a game preview.

-- For some local flavor check out this gameday guide by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

-- Washington's offense is regaining its confidence with a new quarterback at the helm.

-- My Pac-12 picks got off to a roaring start on Thursday as Arizona beat Texas-San Antonio, but did not beat the spread.

-- The Sun Devils are going to start a third true freshman on defense.

-- California's backup quarterback impressed coaches and teammates by shedding his protective yellow jersey.

-- Colorado is returning to its run game.

-- Oregon's coach Mark Helfrich responds to accusations leveled against the program by former tight end Colt Lyerla.

-- Oregon State needs to do a better job slowing Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa than the Huskies did last week.

-- Finding a mentor was easy for Stanford QB Kevin Hogan.

-- Getting its starting center back would be a big boost to the struggling UCLA offensive line.

-- Cody Kessler and Leonard Williams are expected to play in USC's big matchup against Stanford.

-- Four Utes had successful first games after returning from their injuries.




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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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