Roundup: Freshmen quarterbacks face off in Pasadena

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Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports writes about the freshman QB battle between UCLA’s Josh Rosen and BYU’s Tanner Magnum as the two sides get set to square off in a top-20 battle Saturday night at the Rose Bowl (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1). Also, this is a pretty cool BYU football rap music video inspired by the team’s 2-0 start that has featured two Hail Marys; the song is super catchy.


As Stanford and USC get ready to do battle in the first Pac-12 conference game of the year (5 p.m., ABC) David Lombardi gives us five things to watch for in the Stanford-USC game including wondering how Stanford’s defense will fare against the best offense it has faced yet by far.


On the other sideline, Kevin Gemmell writes that Chris Hawkins’ switch to safety has been a good move for USC. The former cornerback already has a pick and a fumble recovery in his first two games at safety.


Can the Golden Bears make it 3-0? Cal has the chance to assert itself on a national stage against Texas, opines David Lombardi (4:30 p.m., FOX).

Arizona State

Before all that though, we have a game for you Friday night, and Doug Haller gives us the Arizona State-New Mexico scouting report, predicting that a banged-up Arizona State squad will take down the Lobos by a score of 45-24 (7 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks).


The Utes head to California for their lone nonconference road game to take on Fresno State (7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. MT, CBS Sports Network), and running back Devontae Booker has extra motivation against Fresno State. Booker was supposed to be a Bulldog but a coach called him the day before he was supposed to move to Fresno and said he wouldn’t be able to go there anymore. Kyle Goon has the full story.


This is a good read – ESPN’s Brian Bennett hits the road with the “Grateful Ducks,” a husband-and-wife combo who are Grateful Dead and Oregon Ducks fans, dress in green and yellow tie-dye (including the guy dyeing his beard green and yellow) and attend every Oregon football game (home and road). Oregon plays host to Georgia State Saturday at 11 a.m. on Pac-12 Networks.


Put the rivalry aside for this one – Pat Murphy of the Associated Press writes that Colorado and Colorado State players are linked by the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., three years ago. Colorado State’s Zack Golditch was shot in the neck in an adjacent theater by a stray bullet while Colorado’s Jordan Murphy was in the third row of the theater on which James Holmes opened fire. The Buffs and Rams play Saturday at 4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network.

Oregon State

Oregon State running back Storm Barrs-Woods will be available against San Jose State Saturday night (5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), coach Gary Andersen said. Barrs-Woods missed the first half of the Michigan game due to a knee injury that flared up beforehand.


Washington will look to make it 2-0 against Utah State for the Pac-12 following Utah’s win over the Aggies (2 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks), and the Huskies expect Utah State to blitz freshman QB Jake Browning frequently.

Washington State

Jacob Thorpe writes that Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl will need to use “some of his ol’ magic” to string an upset against Washington State (5:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Washington). The 3-time FCS national champion head coach at North Dakota State beat an FBS team on the road in each of his last four years at NDSU.


FOX Sports Arizona lets us know about Arizona football’s injury situation for the Northern Arizona game Saturday night (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) – Luca Bruno, Haden Gregory, Trey Griffey, Tyrell Johnson and Scooby Wright all are unavailable, while Derrick Turituri is probable and DeAndre’ Miller is questionable.

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