Roundup: Week 1 starts with a Utah win and Oregon State loss
The week got off to a good start for the Pac-12 with Utah besting FCS Southern Utah 24-0 in the SLC, so read Gordon Monson’s column for The Salt Lake Tribune on the Utes’ shutout of the Thunderbirds. The play of new QB Troy Williams and the defense are the positive themes here.
‘Twas a worthy effort Thursday night for the Beavs, but Gary Andersen’s bunch came up just short in a 30-23 loss to Minnesota. John Canzano opines that Oregon State proved that it doesn’t know how to win yet, but the early signs are good – this team can be pretty competitive, and Darrel Garretson and Ryan Nall looked very solid (Garretson needs some time to throw though).
The preseason favorite Stanford Cardinal opens things up Friday night against Kansas State (6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, FOX Sports 1), and you should know that Stanford football support staffer Robert Mitchell is working his final game for the Cardinal. Mitchell, who was suffered brain damage at the age of 2 as the result of a drunk driver and is thus developmentally disabled, has worked for the football team for the last 14 years as a volunteer. Coming from someone who did similar things for the basketball team there and ran into him all the time, Mitchell will be missed (a little disappointed the Merc or Chron didn’t pick this story up). In other news, ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was released from jail Friday after serving a 3-month stint for a rape conviction.
According to a TMZ report noted here by Yahoo Sports’ Graham Watson, USC linebacker Osa Masina sent photos of himself sexually assaulting a woman to the woman’s ex-boyfriend, who TMZ reports is a football player at Arizona (no name listed on the football player). Masina is not on the Trojans’ trip to Arlington to take on Alabama, but Don Hill, who was also involved in the incident, is eligible to play.
Arizona State football coach Todd Graham said that Manny Wilkins will start at quarterback for the Sun Devils against Northern Arizona Saturday. The sophomore beat out redshirt freshman Brady White.
Big opener for UCLA at Texas A&M, and Kevin Gemmell spends this article discussing how UCLA will try to keep Aggie defensive end Myles Garrett off Josh Rosen’s back. Garrett absolutely ruined Arizona State’s mood in the 2015 season opener.
Previewing the Wildcats’ lidlifter against BYU for Arizona Desert Swarm, Jason Bartel writes that in-game adjustments will likely determine the winner of the Arizona-BYU game.
Chantel Jennings lets us know what to watch for in Oregon’s season opener against UC Davis (2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network).
Hoping for a different start than last year, when the Buffs opened the season with a 28-20 loss at Hawai’i, Colorado football is trying to get off on the right foot Friday night against Colorado State (5:05 p.m. PT/6:05 p.m. MT, ESPN), writes Brian Howell.
In advance of the Dawgs’ 2016 kicker-offer against Rutgers, Christian Caple tells us how Washington defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake became such a valuable asset for the Dawgs. Lake, who is also the co-defensive coordinator for Washington, coached under Chris Petersen at Boise State as well.
Jacob Thorpe features Washington State wide receiver Kyle Sweet. The Cougars open things up Saturday at home against Eastern Washington, a team that has made for some tough season-openers for some Pac-12 foes.
As of now, Jared Goff is the Los Angeles Rams’ third-string quarterback (Yahoo Sports), falling behind Case Keenum and Sean Mannion. It hasn’t been the best of preseasons for the No. 1 pick in the draft.