The mornings are getting colder. And darker, it seems, despite the clock change last week. What better to brighten your day than a whole bunch of links to stories about college students who play football? Nothing, you say? Well golly, you're in luck!
--- Our story in today's newspaper focuses on the rise of freshmen defensive ends Marcus Farria and Joe Mathis, who Steve Sarkisian said will continue to work into the mix defensively.
--- We also have this college basketball column, taking a look at the impact of the new hand-checking rules as Washington prepares for its exhibition game against Central Washington. That game tips off at 7 p.m.
--- Some Pac-12 power rankings from the UW Daily.
--- Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre is seeing more passion from his players.
--- The Buffaloes want to execute better in the red zone.
--- Great story here from Bill Plaschke about a USC walk-on.
--- UCLA is readying for Arizona's potent running attack.
--- USC defensive end Morgan Breslin won't play against California.
--- Speaking of the Bears, a couple of their players got in a fight, which isn't good news.
--- Utah's defense again has its work cut out for it against Arizona State's offense.
--- Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has an aura of excellence.
--- Oregon State's kicker challenges his critics to teach him how to kick.
--- Arizona State lost athletic director Steve Patterson to Texas.
--- Arizona's kicker is finding his groove.
Christian Caple can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @ChristianCaple