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August 31, 2006 at 9:19 AM

It’s off

They may be the four best words in college football — the season begins today.
Lots of games out there, two that involve Pac-10 teams with Oregon State playing Eastern Washington and Arizona State hosting Northern Arizona. One thing we will do on this board is encourage predictions — particularly those that are more informed than simply throwing a score out there.
The two games tonight should each be relative laughers. But Dave Trimmer of the Spokesman-Review wrote a good story today remembering how the Eagles almost beat Oregon State in 2000 — the year the Beavers finished 11-1. That won’t happen tonight as we’ll call it Oregon State 45-21 with Yvenson Bernard rushing for 180-plus yards behind a veteran O-line that will overpower the Eagles.
As for ASU-NAU, at least there is the intrigue of seeing how the Sun Devils react to their QB situation. But I can’t imagine that one will be all that close. Call it 38-17 ASU.
As for Huskies news, I’ll refer you this morning to two stories from our paper — one covering why this game isn’t on TV and why it may be hard for a lot of others to be on TV despite the recent agreement between the university and Fox Sports Net Northwest; and another that is our big feature from the college football section that looks at where the program is in year two of the Tyrone Willingham era. As someone who is now in his 10th year covering the team, it’s still amazing to me how far the program has fallen.
And even if you’re not an NFL fan, you have to be interested in tonight’s Seahawks game if you’re a Huskies fan because it could be the last chance for Marques Tuiasosopo to keep his job with the Raiders. Tuiasosopo is in a tough fight to stay on the team and figures to get to play tonight. Here are two stories detailing his plight with the Raiders — one from the San Francisco Chronicle and another from the San Jose Mercury News.
Also fighting for a job is former RB James Sims, who figures to at least make the New York Giants’ practice squad but could do better than that with another good showing tonight against the Patriots.
And in case you missed it, the Jets put Tui Alailefaleula on the disabled list the other day.

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