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Hope you have, like, an hour. Maybe two. Because that's how long it will take you to wade through all the WSU and Pac-10 news. This morning. If you want to stop after just reading the Washington State section, I truly understand. I did. But we trudged on. So you have about another – exaggeration alert – 50 stories to read. Get started on the link.
• Washington State: We put our daily Cougar coverage on this post on the blog then concentrated on our Pac-10 roundup, one of about – exaggeration alert – 50 Pac-10 notebooks available. ... Howie Stalwick had this WSU notebook in the Kitsap Sun. ... The Times' Bud Withers also had a notebook, focusing on the quarterbacks. I think the headline is a little off, because the day Wulff announced the quarterback decision I asked point blank, after Wulff made his hot-hand statement, if Lopina leads WSU to a touchdown each possession, they won't make a change and Wulff said yes. Then I asked if Lobbestael got a chance and did the same thing Lopina would never return, Wulff said yes. As I wrote on the blog that night "So he and offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy have decided to start Kevin Lopina, give him at least a couple series, then turn the controls over to Marshall Lobbestael. Of course, if Lopina hits 10 consecutive passes, leads WSU to a couple quick scores and looks like Tom Brady, Lobbestael may not get his chance. Both players understand that, but Lopina figures Lobbestael will play and Lobbestael says he’ll be ready." … Associated Press had this piece. ... Missed Wulff's radio show? You can catch a summary here. ... Finally, Buster Sports previews WSU's season. There's a link in the piece to a radio analysis of former UCLA coach Terry Donahue's thoughts on WSU (and USC). It's worth a listen, even if you don't like what he has to say.
• UPDATE: ESPN.com's Ted Miller has this piece about Saturday's game.
• Around the Pac-10: Lot's here too, and I'm guessing I skipped – exaggeration alert – 50 other stories. We'll start with Withers' Pac-10 notebook. ... Buster Sports' Nick Daschel has his Pac-10 predictions. And over at ESPN.com, Miller not only has his keys for each Pac-10 team, he ranks the linebacker and safety groups. ... Washington: Finally, we can start examining individual teams. The Huskies' new strength coach is getting raves (sound familiar?). ... Todd Milles and the News Tribune had their season preview package today. We picked this feature to link, but there's more, lots more, if you're interested. ... Oregon State: Strong and fun. That's a nearly unbeatable combination. ... Oregon: The season starts tomorrow, the season starts tomorrow! And the Ducks have the biggest game of the day. ... Cal: A new offensive line will be tested right from the first play. ... Stanford: A – no exaggeration alert – couple of Cardinal stories. We have a Stanford notebook that leads with Toby Gerhart, and an interesting feature on the running back. ... USC: Even the Trojans are having to use freshmen more than they would like. ...UCLA: Home stretch. The defensive line is, if you can imagine it, getting better. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils suspended "5 or 6" players this week, the opener of Dennis Erickson's third season. . ... Arizona: The Wildcat defense has to contain Central Michigan's quarterback.
• That's it for this morning. We'll return with our story for tomorrow (the subject of which we're keeping secret because it's - exaggeration alert - classified) and a practice summary. Until then …