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Tuesday Morning Pac-12 Links

The Washington State football team has quite a challenge  this week, traveling to face Oregon in unfriendly Autzen Stadium. The Ducks lead the conference in both passing and rushing, and have a fearsome defense. That means the Cougars won't have any time to sulk  over their disheartening loss to OSU on Saturday. But CougCenter gives us a look back  at that game. Here's our first look at that game. 

In case you missed it, we tried out a new feature  on the blog yesterday ... And Ken Goe had a controversial column  about Cougar coach Mike Leach ... De'Anthony Thomas may not have practiced  on Monday, but still hopes to play against WSU ... Marcus Mariota is getting a lot of well-deserved praise, and handling it well  ... Greg Bishop of the New York Times has a good read  on the Ducks.

Continue reading for more links from around the conference.


Arizona: Expect some changes  on special teams for the Wildcats ... Arizona's thunder and lightning approach at tailback has been all thunder  ... And it's likely to stay that way.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils are looking to avoid their usual second-half slide.

Cal: The Golden Bears have suffered yet another injury.

Colorado: The Buffaloes are starting over with a true freshman  at quarterback, and he's a Washington native ... The Buffaloes can't afford to look past anyone , not even Charleston Southern.

Oregon State: The Beavers will play another game under the lights  ... And if they can keep forcing turnovers, they'll keep on winning.

Stanford: With a Stanford degree, the NFL isn't the only lucrative option  ... But that degree doesn't mean Stanford's players don't need to play smarter.

UCLA: The Bruins started a pair of freshmen  on the offensive line against Cal ... Quarterback Brett Hundley is piling up the numbers, but can he do more?

USC: Ed Orgeron doesn't want to make a big deal  out of the Notre Dame game ... The Trojans could be without a trio of contributors.

Utah: The Utes had a big win on Saturday ... Now they need to do it again.

Washington: The Huskies' coach believes they're ready  for the second half of the season ... 

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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