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Morning links: Off to Oakland for UW-Cal, but basketball just around the corner

Yesterday was a reminder of just how close we are to the start of college basketball season. Meanwhile, the Huskies football team churns toward the midway point of its 13-game schedule. A flight to Oakland awaits this afternoon for UW's game Saturday at California. For now, links:

--- Our notebook today leads with a look at Washington's long wait between road games.

--- And here's our story from UW men's basketball media day.

--- Percy Allen has this story about the basketball team, and this story about Cal quarterback Jared Goff.

--- The Huskies will be facing an explosive Cal offense, the UW Daily writes.

--- One Cal player thinks the Golden Bears are capable of scoring 70 points in a game.

--- The Daily Californian has this preview of Saturday's game.

--- Cal's offense is setting the pace in the Pac-12.

--- Bud Withers with a good look at where Washington State stands under Mike Leach as the Cougars prepare for a 6 p.m. game at Stanford.

--- It could be a pretty simple matchup.

--- The Cardinal need to use Ty Montgomery more.

--- WSU-Stanford will feature strength (WSU's passing game) against strength (Stanford's defense).

--- Oregon hasn't lost back-to-back games since 2007.

--- Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker has some beef with USC and coach Steve Sarkisian.

--- UCLA wants to see more defensive balance.

--- USC wants more big plays.

--- Arizona will see a "first-rounder" on USC's defense this weekend.

--- Arizona State is trending up.

--- Colorado's defensive ends are getting better.

--- Utah made some changes to its depth chart.

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