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WSU has its eyes on Stanford


Sometimes even spell check can't save you. Like yesterday when Word (capital W) informed me with a wiggly red line I had misspelled a word (lowercase w) in my morning post. I saw it, but somehow forgot to correct it. So the post went up with a word missing an "i." I would say "see if you can find it," but I already fixed it this morning. Ya, I noticed it and corrected it, which, even to me, seems strange, but that's what I did. Anyhow, for more comments, few as off-the-wall as this one, and maybe a misspelling or two, read on.

• Washington State: When I put together my Pac-10 picks yesterday, I wrote something about the Huskies that I felt was a compliment, saying they were going to get a road upset sometime this year, so it might as well be this week. Well, a reader commented that I must not remember the USC game, implying I am either forgetful or stupid, both of which are probably true. Well, I watched USC play in person this season and didn't think the Trojans were very good. So UW beating them didn't feel like an upset, which seems like a compliment to me. Arizona, on the other hand, is a darn good team. Oh well. ... We also had our feature on Sekope Kaufusi in today's paper. ... Last night we had notes from practice. ... The San Francisco Chronicle's Tom FitzGerald features LeAndre Daniels. ... CougCenter has a preview of Stanford. ... And Christian Caple makes his Pac-10 picks, though the Daily News writer waits on the Cougar game.


• Around the Pac-10: Speaking of picks,'s Ted Miller makes his and he picks the Cougars to cover – though unlike the guy who got lambasted (me), he doesn't pick the Huskies to win. He also has his Pac-10 stock report.... Jon Wilner picks one game, tonight's. ... In one way, the Pac-12 will need to catch-up with the Big Ten. ... Washington: Coaches will say it's not a big deal, but deep down none of them like having an offensive line that is constantly in flux. ... Oregon State: Jacquizz Rodgers is not happy with his season. ... Oregon: Tonight's matchup in Eugene matches two coaches with "interesting" personalities. ... The Ducks will try to silence the pistol offense in their first test as the No. 1 team. ... Cal: The Bears need Saturday's game vs. ASU to stay in the bowl hunt. ... Stanford: Nothing here. ... USC: Matt Barkley want to win the Heisman Trophy at some point. So does Jeff Tuel. And Ryan Katz. And every Pac-10 quarterback. ... UCLA: The Bruin defense will have to carry the load tonight. ... Arizona State: After a long wait, Colin Parker is finally starting. ... Arizona: Trevin Wade isn't playing as well as he, and the UA coaches, expected this season.


• That's it for this morning. We'll be back this afternoon if events warrant. We have to be in Spokane to meet with the boss later today, so if we're not here tomorrow, you know why. And, that my friends, was a sad attempt at gallows humor. Until later ...

Vince Grippi
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