Roundup: Arizona State knows offense
Full slate o’ games for ya Saturday. The second conference game of the season will take place in Boulder, as Colorado hosts Arizona State (7 p.m. PT, ESPNU). The Sun Devils have put #pointsontheboard this year like it’s going out of style (103 through two games), and Ted Miller opines that offense is Arizona State’s best defense, especially considering how inexperienced the Forks are when they aren’t in possession of the pigskin.
I gotta say, this has me super pumped: the creators of “South Park” have put something together to be played on the Folsom Field video boards 10 minutes prior to kickoff. Everybody’s favorite character, Eric Cartman, will introduce the Buffs. Trey Parker and Matt Stone initially came up with the idea for “South Park” when they were students at Colorado’s film school, says Kyle Ringo.
“Biggest non-conference game of the week” award goes to UCLA-Texas (5 p.m. PT, FOX), and Max Olson of ESPN has a really nice story on UCLA right tackle Caleb Benenoch. Living in Texas as a high schooler, he cried when UCLA went into Texas and smashed the Longhorns in 2010. Also of note, his father is the founder and bishop of a church in Nigeria and has remained there, so he hasn’t seen Caleb play in a college football game in person.
As the No. 2 Ducks look forward to a contest with Wyoming (11 a.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks), Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu looks to set the tone for his team’s defense, writes Anne M. Peterson of the Associated Press. How ‘bout that pick he had against Michigan State, huh?
The Trojans are trying to get to 3-0 with an 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT kickoff at Boston College (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2), and USA Today’s Paul Myerberg writes that USC head coach Steve Sarkisian would have never dreamed up this kind of start to the season. The 2-0 part, sure, but not the Josh Shaw, Anthony Brown and Pat Haden sideline controversy parts.
Stanford hosts Army at 2 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks, and Elliott Almond takes a look at the great tradition of Army football and the challenges it and the other service academies face in trying to stay competitive at the FBS level.
The Dawgs welcome Illinois to Montlake (1 p.m. PT, FOX), and Washington is preparing for Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt, who has thrown for 741 yards in two games (Percy Allen doin' work).
Jacob Thorpe takes an inside look at Portland State, Washington State’s opponent on Saturday (5 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks). The Vikings gave the Beavers some serious trouble a couple of weeks back and only lost by a touchdown at Cal in 2013.
Another Mountain West/Pac-12 clash goes down in Tucson this week with Nevada visiting Arizona (8 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks), and Kevin Gemmell notes that Arizona is wary of these “should-win games”. Nevada has already beaten one Pac-12 team this year (Washington State), and it beat Cal two times in a row not too long ago.
No game for Oski, so the Daily Californian dissects Cal football at the bye week.
No game for the Beavs either, so here’s a look at Oregon State’s results after a bye under Mike Riley. The Beavers are 12-6 following a bye week since Riley returned to Corvallis in 2003, notes The Oregonian’s Sean Meagher.
A bye week for the Utes as well, so let’s shift our focus to Utah women’s soccer players Mikayla and Mariah Elmer (sisters, obvi). The Utes have gotten off to a 4-0-1 start to the 2014 campaign. Credit Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Trib for the link.