Roundup: Thursday night football in Tempe
There’s more Thursday night football in the Conference of Champions, as Utah heads to Tempe to match wits with Arizona State. Doug Haller gives us his Arizona State-Utah scouting report and prediction, as he thinks that the Utes will win 34-26.
On the other sideline, Kyle Goon lets us know that Utah quarterback Troy Williams is preparing to be blitzed against the Sun Devils, as that has been ASU’s game under Todd Graham.
Former Cal football coach Jeff Tedford was named the head coach at Fresno State. Also, Cal is asking the Pac-12 to consider a daytime kickoff for Big Game next Saturday, reports Jon Wilner. If the game goes to Pac-12 Networks, the options would be 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. (Cal would like 2:30, and I’m sure Stanford would as well).
Ted Miller goes into how Washington benefitted by USC passing on Chris Petersen (obviously, the Dawgs benefited significantly).
And hey, let’s look at this question from the other side, as Mark Whicker of The Orange County Register asks what if USC had hired Chris Petersen instead?
Three players signed national letter of intents with Arizona men’s basketball Wednesday – Ira Lee, Alex Barcello and Brandon Randolph. Bruce Pascoe has more details.
Andrew Greif reports that Oregon defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule has taken a medical hardship, thus ending his playing career in Eugene. He will remain at Oregon on scholarship but it won’t count towards the school’s 85-scholarship cap for football.
So UCLA safety Tahaan Goodman makes his own clothes, and you should read about it in this Thuc Nhi Nguyen-produced link.
Pat Graham of the Associated Press writes that Colorado is promising to cut down on its penalties after committing 12 against UCLA, eight of them of the personal foul variety.
Stanford men’s basketball is in China preparing for its season opener against Harvard, so read this Pac-12 Conference article on Stanford and Harvard bringing their brands and basketball teams to Chinese universities. Both the Cardinal and Crimson had exhibition games against Chinese university squads.
With Cal coming to town, Jacob Thorpe looks back at Washington State’s five wildest finishes under Mike Leach. You can bet the 2014 Wazzu-Cal game is the starting point for this discussion.
On Thursday night’s Pac-12 Sports Report, you’ll get a chance to hear about McKenzie Redberg’s journey from the Air Force to the Oregon State women’s soccer team, and there’s a snippet.