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Morning links: Illinois game week begins

It's another Monday, which means another Chris Petersen press conference today at 1 p.m., with some players available for interviews before that. We'll pass along all the pertinent notes from said media session. For now, we pass along links.

--- Make sure to vote in our Sunday reader poll, asking your outlook on the Huskies' season in light of the way they played Saturday against Eastern Washington.

--- The Huskies are roughly a 15-point favorite over Illinois this week.

--- And here's where the Huskies stack up in the national statistical rankings after two weeks. Total defense (111th) and passing efficiency defense (112) are the most eye-catching.

--- Plenty to improve on that side of the ball.

--- Former Huskies quarterback Jake Locker was sharp in leading the Tennessee Titans to a 26-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in their season opener.

--- Here's a column from Illinois' win over Western Kentucky.

--- Yet another bizarre story at USC as athletic director Pat Haden has now apologized for his interaction with game officials on Saturday.

--- Myles Jack could see more time at running back for UCLA.

--- Stanford's loss to USC was out of character.

--- Colorado's running game showed improvement against UMass.

--- Utah has a few bumps and bruises after its blowout of Fresno State.

--- Oregon coach Mark Helfrich denies a claim that Autzen Stadium pumps in artificial noise through its sound system.

--- The Colt Lyerla story has taken another sad turn.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple