Roundup: Utah beats Michigan, celebrates with cupcakes
Utah kicked off the season the right way with a 24-17 win over Michigan in a game that really wasn’t as close as the final score indicates (Michigan scored a late touchdown to cut it to seven and never touched the ball again). Gordon Monson writes that Utah stole the show in Jim Harbaugh’s debut. And, after the game, Utah celebrated the win with cupcakes in response to Popular Mechanics calling Utah a “cupcake game” for Michigan.
Ugh – tough, tough way to lose in Hawai’i for the Buffs. The refs were unable to spot the ball for the Buffs to snap trailing by eight at the Hawai’i 6-yard line as time expired (because a Hawai’i player – Benetton Fonua – inadvertently ran into the path of the ball as it was being tossed from official to official. Also, the clock never stopped after Colorado got a first down). After seeing the Buffs fall 28-20, Brian Howell wrote that similar miscues doomed Colorado in its loss to Hawai’i.
Two games for you Friday night, with Chris Petersen’s return to Boise being the headliner as Washington plays at Boise State (7:15 p.m., ESPN). Adam Jude goes into detail about Petersen coming back to Boise State with Washington. Petersen went 92-12 in eight seasons leading the Broncos.
Before that one gets going, Oregon State will kick off the Gary Andersen era against Weber State (5 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks). Danny Moran of The Oregonian gives us five things to watch in the Oregon State-Weber State game. It’ll be interesting to see how the QB snaps are split between Seth Collins and Marcus McMaryion.
Early start to the Saturday slate of seven games with Stanford’s journey to the Chicago area to take on Northwestern in the Danna Bowl, as it’s colloquially known in some parts of the world (my apartment). Rule of Tree tells us why Stanford will beat Northwestern (9 a.m., ESPN). Nick Fugallo thinks it’ll be 31-13 Cardinal.
Ted Miller gets us ready for the only Pac-12/SEC matchup of the season in the Arizona State-Texas A&M game late Saturday afternoon (4 p.m., ESPN). Fret not, though, because there will be seven such conference clashes in the next four seasons (and then four more alone in 2021).
The Josh Rosen era begins Saturday against Virginia at 12:30 p.m. (FOX), and the Los Angeles Times’ Chris Foster thinks that the UCLA offensive line will be challenged by Virginia. Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm will serve the first game of his two-game suspension Saturday.
The Vernon Adams Bowl kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday on the Pac-12 Networks (Oregon-Eastern Washington), and Tyson Alger of The Oregonian notes that Jeff Lockie has moved on to being Oregon’s backup QB. Also, Czech out this story on how Matt Hegarty went from having a stroke at Notre Dame to starting at center for the Ducks. Great work, Andrew Greif.
Dan Greenspan of the Associated Press notes that USC football will rely on youth for depth this season now that it’s off sanctions. The Trojans have the nightcap Saturday against Arkansas State (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).
Cal will look to notch win No. 1 of 2015 against Grambling State (2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), and Connor Letourneau details the five questions facing Cal football in 2015. Also, cool story here about a stranger finding and returning Cal offensive lineman Aaron Cochran’s wallet to him. Cochran was looking for the wallet for an hour or so before some stranger (Joe) contacted him on Twitter. Cochran tried to give him a cash reward but Joe wouldn’t take it. Good Samaritan.
CougCenter encourages you to get familiar with Portland State football, as the Cougs play their season opener against the Vikings Saturday morning (11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks).