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Friday Morning Links

From San Francisco -- It's that time again. The coffee is brewing, the birds are chirping and there's a new set of links for you to peruse. The kids are still asleep, and this solitary hour is for you to treasure. I won't keep you. 

Yesterday was Pac-12's Basketball media day. The conference is expected to be much improved, even if the Cougars aren't ... The football team is traveling down to Eugene to face the juggernaut that is Oregon ... The Ducks have found a way to introduce a new helmet that isn't obnoxious ... Oregon's coach isn't overlooking WSU ... Nobody panic, the Ducks have another budding superstar ... A penchant for interceptions may not be WSU quarterback Connor Halliday's biggest problem.

How was that? Getting settled in? Immerse yourself, after the jump.


Arizona: The Wildcats didn't USC, but there is a silver lining ... Arizona could be down a safety.

Arizona State: Two desperate teams will meet in the desert this weekend ... The Sun Devils are used to fearsome running backs.

Cal: It's no secret the Golden Bears have injury problems, but it's still remarkable to see them listed.

Colorado: The Buffaloes won't face many FCS opponents after Charleston Southern.

Oregon State: Mile Riley hates late kickoffs. Join the club ... But that shouldn't prevent OSU from winning big this weekend.

Stanford: The Cardinal kicker could be kept out against the Bruins ... But there's no reason for Stanford to panic.

UCLA: Finally, the Bruins have a headline opponent for the next decade ... The oft made Cassius Marsh-Muhammed Ali comparison is apt beyond their birth names.

USC: Maybe the Trojans aren't destined to have a feature back ... USC has another star in the making at wide receiver.

Utah: Anthony Denham enjoys knocking around defenders ... Utah's athletic director doesn't think being older is an advantage, and could be a disadvantage. Ok, then.

Washington: Columnist Kevin Dowd says that halftime adjustements will be key as UW enters the third quarter of its season ... UW's running back is on pace for some lofty numbers.

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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