Roundup: Arizona-Colorado kicks off the football weekend Friday night
Some Friday night fun on the gridiron for you in the Pac-12 with Arizona hosting Colorado (7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. MT, FS1), and Michael Lev tells us what to watch for in the Arizona-Colorado game.
Heading into the Arizona game, Brian Howell writes that Colorado is trying shore up its secondary.
Arizona State-Utah will get us started Saturday afternoon in Tempe (1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks), and you can get your Arizona State-Utah scouting report and prediction courtesy of Michelle Gardner of The Arizona Republic. She’s got Utah winning 41-28.
Kurt Kragthorpe writes that Kyle Whittingham has saved the Utah football season after an 0-2 start to conference play.
Up next will be UCLA at Oregon at 4:30 p.m. PT on FOX, and the Ducks have to be ready to cover UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson, writes The Oregonian's James Crepea. Wilson is the second-most productive tight end in the conference with 479 receiving yards and a touchdown.
On the Bruin sideline, UCLA is focusing on fundamentals ahead of the Oregon game, notes Thuc Nhi Nguyen.
The Stanford-Washington game has certainly lost some luster over the last couple of weeks (6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) but the game still has plenty of Pac-12 North implications (loser basically has no shot of going to Santa Clara; not mathematically of course, but realistically). Washington head coach Chris Petersen defended offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan recently, and Adam Jude has the story.
Meanwhile, Tom FitzGerald looks back at how Stanford missed out on landing Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven, a Bay Area kid who has been awesome for the Huskies in 2018.
Oregon State will look to make it two wins in a row when hosting USC Saturday night (7 p.m., FS1), and the Beavers saw “a rare burst of emotion” from head coach Jonathan Smith after the win over Colorado, writes Nick Daschel.
J. Brady McCullough features USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin in this article.
No. 8 Washington State hosts Cal in the nightcap (7:45 p.m. PT, ESPN). Theo Lawson tells us about the “all gas” motto that has propelled Washington State’s backfield this season.
Meanwhile, Cal is on the verge of bowl eligibility thanks to a shored-up defense, writes Rusty Simmons. Should be an intriguing one in Pullman.