Roundup: College football is finally back in the Pac-12

Utah

Finally … college football … HAS COME BACK … to the Pac-12. The long wait for actual games ends at 4:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks when Utah welcomes Idaho State to Rice-Eccles. To get you prepared for the lidlifter, the Salt Lake Tribune gives us a Utah-Idaho State game preview.

Washington State

While the Utes and Bengals are probably wrapping up the third quarter, Washington State and Rutgers will kick off in Seattle (7 p.m. PT, FOX Sports 1). Jacob Thorpe writes that the Cougars are counting on a fast start tonight from Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday. ‘Tis the first game as a member of the Big Ten for Rutgers.

Arizona State

The nightcap takes us to the desert, where Arizona State greets Weber State for a 7:30 p.m. PT kickoff on the Pac-12 Networks. While there are plenty of game or season previews out there for you to read, may I suggest reading this Paola Boivin feature on the friendship of quarterback Taylor Kelly and offensive lineman Jamil Douglas instead?

USC

In non-game day news, USC has suspended cornerback Josh Shaw indefinitely for fabricating a story about saving his nephew from drowning in a pool to explain his injured ankles. Here is a statement from Shaw about lying to USC. As Shaw says, he injured his ankles in a fall.

Oregon State

Great news: Oregon State men’s basketball player Chai Baker was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon following a collapse during a workout the week prior.

Stanford

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle does a feature on Stanford running back Kelsey Young, who is listed at the top of the depth chart at his position as the Card gears up for UC Davis.

UCLA

With the season 2 premier of “The Drive” (all about UCLA football, y’all) taking place Wednesday night, here’s the first episode of “Overdrive,” which is a behind-the-scenes look at the show's production. Jim Mora is in pretty good shape, I’d say.

Washington

Percy Allen reports that Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams says he’s “ready to go” against Hawai’i in the season opener Saturday night. That is but one story featured in Adam Jude’s link roundup on Washington links for the Seattle Times, which is linked above. (Enough "links" for ya?)

Oregon

South Dakota-Oregon sure looks like a total mismatch on paper, but as a Michigan grad, Chantel Jennings says that Oregon can learn a lesson from Michigan when preparing for the Coyotes. Back in 2007, a preseason top-10 Wolverines squad fell at home to FCS Appalachian State in one of the biggest upsets in college football history.

Arizona

AZ Desert Swarm notes that Arizona defensive end Reggie Gilbert is questionable for the UNLV game with a foot injury.

California

Hey, Cal fan, I say it’s a good time to preview the Northwestern football offense. And by “I say,” I really mean “California Golden Blogs says.”

Colorado

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post believes that a return to glory for Colorado football begins with being the best team in Colorado and securing the best talent the state has to offer on the recruiting front.

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