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Morning links: Aloha means the day before game day

FROM HONOLULU -- We've arrived in Hawaii, where the Huskies begin the Chris Petersen era tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. against the Rainbow Warriors. We begin our morning links ... now.

--- In today's newspaper, we took a look at a few of the Huskies' Hawaiian-born players who are scrambling to fill as many ticket requests as possible from family and friends for Saturday's game.

SEATTLE — After four years of watching California-born teammates fight to secure tickets for family and friends on road trips to Los Angeles and the Bay Area, University of Washington outside linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha finally understands the struggle.

Kikaha is from Laie, Hawaii, about an hour north of Honolulu, site of the Huskies’ season opener against Hawaii on Saturday at Aloha Stadium (7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network).

So in addition to preparing for Hawaii’s offensive schemes, the fifth-year senior is also scrambling to field dozens of ticket requests from family for the Huskies’ first trip to Hawaii since 2007.

“I’ve never had to experience this,” Kikaha said, smiling and shaking his head. “All the guys have gone through their hometowns and had family ask for tickets, and I’ve never had a problem. This is extremely tough, because I don’t just have a huge family — I’ve got extra cousins and distant relatives that are going to be there."--- Adam Jude writes about running backs coach Keith Bhonapha and the Huskies' ongoing recruiting efforts in Hawaii.

--- The UW Daily continues its "player to watch" series with a look at starting right guard James Atoe, the Huskies' most massive player.

--- It was a wild one at CenturyLink Field last night, as the Washington State Cougars suffered a disheartening 41-38 loss to Rutgers in their season opener.
Arizona State took care of business against Weber State, cruising to a 45-14 victory

--- And Utah easily handled Idaho State, winning 56-14 in Salt Lake City.

Two more Pac-12 games today ...

--- Colorado State vs. Colorado (in Denver), 6 p.m., Fox Sports 1: This game will set the stage for the Buffaloes' season.

--- UNLV at Arizona, 7:30 p.m., ESPN: Anu Solomon is ready for his first collegiate start.

--- Are Sean Mannion and Marcus Mariota the best quarterback duo in Oregon state history?

--- It's drama on top of drama at USC these days, with a Trojans running back now accusing coach Steve Sarkisian of racism.

--- Bill Plaschke has a column on UCLA coach Jim Mora as he heads into his third season with the Bruins.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple