Roundup: Wilson leads Utes into national spotlight
Kareem Copeland of the Associated Press writes that quarterback Travis Wilson is leading Utah into the national spotlight. Wilson had what coach Kyle Whittingham called his best game as a Ute Saturday night, throwing for 227 yards and four touchdowns to pace Utah to a 62-20 win in Eugene. Also, Utah made USA Today’s College Football Playoff projection alongside Ohio State, Michigan State and Ole Miss.
Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright will be out “several weeks,” per Rich Rodriguez, after spraining his right foot against UCLA. RichRod also said QB Anu Solomon is day-to-day after suffering a concussion in the loss to the Bruins.
College football guru Phil Steele has USC making the College Football Playoff in his latest projection. Baylor, THE Ohio State University and the winner of Alabama/Georgia join the Trojans in Steele’s final four.
Arizona State football unveiled new dark grey uniforms that they will partly wear at UCLA on Saturday. Arizona State is wearing the new “Be the Hammer” scheme for helmets and pants and will go with the white “Desert Ice” jersey tops against the Bruins.
Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated note that the loss to Utah exposed Oregon’s flaws. It ain’t easy replacing Marcus Mariota.
Head coach Jim Mora wants improvement from UCLA’s undermanned defense, writes Ted Miller. The Bruins are playing without all-conference-caliber players at all levels of the defense due to season-ending injuries to DE Eddie Vanderdoes, CB Fabian Moreau and LB Myles Jack. Mora isn’t hanging is head, though.
Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle details how forced turnovers have spearheaded Cal football’s 4-0 start. The Golden Bears lead the nation with 14 takeaways through four games, this after being 116th and 94th nationally in forced turnovers in Sonny Dykes’ first two years in Berkeley.
Former Stanford baseball player and current St. Louis Cardinals rookie Stephen Piscotty was carted off the field Monday night after colliding into a teammate and lying motionless for several minutes.
Brian Howell features Colorado running back Donovan Lee. The former receiver (as recent as two weeks ago) ripped off a 59-yard touchdown run against Nicholls State Saturday and finished the game with 103 yards on 10 carries. BTW, that 59-yard run by Lee was featured in the #12Best Plays of the Week.
Oregon State men’s basketball announced the addition of walk-on Daine Muller, reports Danny Moran of The Oregonian. The former Gatorade Montana Player of the Year will sit out this year after transferring from Montana State and will be a senior come 2016-17.
Moving past the bye week, Washington State football is getting ready for Cal, pens Jacob Thorpe.
Watch this feature on broadcaster Bob Rondeau, the voice of the Huskies.