Lunch links: Whittingham enjoying himself
August, 31, 2011
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
We have the rest of our lives to be mediocre, but we have the opportunity to play like gods for the next half of football.
- Arizona has youngest overall offensive line of the six major conferences. The Wildcats get a commitment from a receiver.
- Brock Osweiler takes the keys at Arizona State.
- California receiver Michael Calvin is hoping for a happy ending to an injury-riddled career.
- For some Colorado players, a visit to Hawaii is a homecoming. The numbers tell a clear story: The Buffs' offense has been bad.
- Oregon-LSU: A great matchup with plenty of sideshows, including a reappearance of Sideshow Willie. Some interesting lineup issues that coach Chip Kelly isn't talking about. The critical battle: The Ducks' offensive line vs. LSU's defensive line.
- Like many Oregon State players, receiver Markus Wheaton is hurt. Unlike most of them, he'll play Saturday. A couple of true freshmen will make history for the Beavers.
- Stanford's depth-chart questions are answered. The offensive line will be interesting to watch.
- UCLA is hoping for better chemistry -- among the coaches as well as the players.
- USC wants to take control of the Coliseum. Wins, not statistics are key for quarterback Matt Barkley, who is likely on his farewell tour.
- Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has embraced the larger Pac-12 spotlight. But will he get a kick out of the season? (And, Utes fans, that's the sort of super-awesome puns we come up with in the Pac-12).
- Washington is hoping for special teams improvement. Quarterback Keith Price will be his own man.
- Washington State coach Paul Wulff is no stranger to the folks at Idaho State. Some practice notes.