Roundup: The Deseret Duel returns to the gridiron
After a two-year hiatus (not including the bowl game), the football edition of the Deseret Duel is back this weekend, coming to you live and direct from Rice-Eccles Stadium at 4:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. MT (FOX), and Lafe Peavler of the Deseret News tells us why he thinks the BYU-Utah rivalry should continue every year.
Cal football wants to show its toughness against San Diego State, writes Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle (welcome to college football, Golden State Warriors beat writer). The Golden Bears downed the Aztecs 35-7 at home last year; now it’s time to hit up the 619 (or 858).
CougCenter gives us its Washington State-Boise State game preview as the Cougs try to bounce back from yet another season-opening loss to an FCS school.
ESPN’s Kevin Gemmell and Mitch Sherman break down the Arizona State-Texas Tech battle for us, going down in Tempe at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1. Both teams are coming off blowout wins over FCS schools, so now it’s time to really dance.
Oregon basketball’s Dillon Brooks might miss the start of the season, writes Matt Norlander of CBS Sports. There is no set return date for Brooks, who is rehabbing his left foot after undergoing surgery on it in July.
He’s no longer the head ball coach at USC, but Lane Kiffin is now the highest-paid assistant at Alabama after getting a raise to $1.4 million over an eight-month period until the end of February 2017. Get paid, Lane.
On Wednesday night, Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez said he wants his players standing during the national anthem when asked about his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel.
Adam Jude gives us this profile of Washington wide receivers coach Bush Hamdan, who lost out on the starting QB job at Boise State to Kellen Moore way back when. Really interesting back story here.
Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the LA Daily News features UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson, who transferred to Westwood from USC, of all places. The Bruins will look for their first win of 2016 Saturday against UNLV (5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks).
Pat Rooney whips up this piece on Colorado linebacker Rick Gamboa, who has a high football IQ, it sounds like. Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is starting to compare him to Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Buffs look to get to 2-0 against FCS Idaho State.
Take a look at the Stanford men’s basketball schedule for the 2016-17 season. If the Card can navigate its tough non-conference schedule (at Kansas, at SMU, Thanksgiving tournament in Orlando that includes Miami, Gonzaga, Iowa State and Seton Hall), it will be in prime position for an at-large bid (then of course, you gotta win some games in conference).
Jeremy Igo of CarolinaHuddle.com compliments former Oregon State offensive lineman Mike Remmers’ play against the Denver Broncos Thursday night in the season-opening loss for the Carolina Panthers. He took a lot of heat for getting worked by Von Miller in the Super Bowl last year but had a very solid night blocking Thursday.