Pac-12 Conference football is catching up to SEC

LOS ANGELES — Pac-12 football has relentlessly tracked the Southeastern Conference for years — almost like Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

A primer for new college football playoff

SEATTLE — No sport is drenched in tradition like college football, and in 2014, it’s going to do away with one of those. We’re about to have a definitive, recognizable, undisputed national champion. (With only a little controversy.)

Cougs have last hurrah in Seattle

SEATTLE — As it happens, if Washington State can beat Rutgers Thursday night at CenturyLink Field, the Cougars will gather up their chips, as it were, from an all-night poker table. They’ll know they went from way ahead to way down to finally breaking even, and they’ll leave the place with a shrug, neither better nor worse for it.

Lindquist to start at QB in Huskies’ season opener

SEATTLE — In the end, Chris Petersen said, the Huskies’ quarterback competition was so close that the decision came down to “splitting hairs” between Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams.

Eagles outlast Sam Houston St., 56-35

CHENEY — Vernon Adams threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns to lead Eastern Washington to a 56-35 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday in the first college football game of the season.

Bartlow throws four TDs as Eastern Oregon rallies past Menlo

ATHERTON, Calif. — Waitsburg High grad Zach Bartlow threw for 391 yards on 23-of-33 passing and four touchdowns with no interceptions to lead Eastern Oregon University to a 45-27 victory over Menlo College here on Saturday.

Hawks’ offense a smash yet again

Another Seahawks game, another outrageously fun party.

Ackley’s 3-run homer powers M’s past Red Sox

BOSTON – This time they didn’t wait until their final out to mount a rally. This time the Mariners dispensed with the drama early.

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Brazile leads stacked field into rodeo

WALLA WALLA — The Bill Gates of professional rodeo rides into town this week for the annual Frontier Days Rodeo at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

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Focus now on football

Prep football practices around Washington and Oregon opened this week, with the first games slated for Sept. 4, 5 and 6.