Roundup: Football is back
Finally… football… HAS COME BACK… to the Pac. The Conference of Champions’ season officially kicks off Thursday night with the Utes battling Michigan (5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. MT, FOX Sports 1), and David Lombardi gives us five things to watch in the Utah-Michigan game. Also, Brennan Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune provides a Utah-Michigan position-by-position preview.
Up next, Arizona hosts UTSA (7 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks), and Daniel Berk features Arizona senior safety Will Parks. “Willy from Philly” is one of four captains for the UTSA game. The guy had to overcome some really challenging situations growing up.
Hope you don’t have work Friday, CU supporter, because you probably won’t be able to get to bed until around 2:30 a.m. with Colorado’s 10 p.m. (11 p.m. MT) kickoff at Hawai’i (CBS Sports Network). Brian Howell writes that it’s “showtime” for the Buffs. Some comic at the top of the page here.
Doug Haller details the shared history between Todd Graham and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. The two were coaches in Conference USA at the same time from 2008-10, with Graham at Tulsa and Sumlin at Houston. The Sun Devils and Aggies do battle Saturday.
Here’s a really cool story from Kyle McRae of Cal Athletics on Cal defensive end DaVante Wilson and how his family (fiancée and nine-month-old daughter) are fitting into the Cal community. He originally was supposed to play at USC starting in 2011 but injuries sidetracked his career for a couple of years.
Czech out this feature from Gina Mizell on Oregon State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin. Get this – dude drinks 16-18 Diet Cokes PER DAY. At least it’s Diet, I guess.
Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle informs us that Stanford football’s Kodi Whitfield is happy with his move from receiver to safety. Whitfield will make his first collegiate start (offense or defense) Saturday at Northwestern in the spot previously occupied by All-Pac-12 safety Jordan Richards.
Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News gives us 10 UCLA football players to watch in 2015, with Josh Rosen and Myles Jack being at the top of the list.
Christian Caple reports that Washington wide receiver Jaydon Mickens is changing jersey numbers from No. 4 to No. 1 to honor teammate John Ross, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
Jacob Thorpe believes that Gerard Wicks is the favorite to be Washington State’s starting running back.
Kyle Bonagura is of the opinion that USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton calling plays won’t change much for the Trojans.
Let’s say we watch some Marcus Mariota Heisman house commercials, yeah? The ping-pong ones are the best.