Pac-12 Sports Blog - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Blogs/pac12blog Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Pac-12 football preview: Leach leans heavily on Halliday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogspac12blog/58314824-221/halliday-state-leach-pac.html.csp When Connor Halliday threw 62 times against Utah, incredibly, that was only the fourth-most attempts he had in a game last season. Against Oregon, he fired 89 passes. Fifty-eight for completions. Overall, Halliday had 714 attempts in 2013, and in a conference most noted this season for its quarterbacks, he is the quarterback around which his team’s offense most revolves. “You might be rooting for your guy, and I don’t care what you think, he’s better than your guy is,” boasted loquacious head co... When Connor Halliday threw 62 times against Utah, incredibly, that was only the fourth-most attempts he had in a game last season. Against Oregon, he fired 89 passes. Fifty-eight for completions. Overall, Halliday had 714 attempts in 2013, and in a conference most noted this season for its quarterbacks, he is the quarterback around which his team’s offense most revolves. “You might be rooting for your guy, and I don’t care what you think, he’s better than your guy is,” boasted loquacious head co... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58314824@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:35:07 MDT Pac-12 football preview: Chris Petersen takes center stage in Seattle http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogspac12blog/58314696-221/pac-petersen-chris-state.html.csp He makes no bones about it: Chris Petersen doesn’t love the spotlight. He doesn’t love talking to media about whether he’ll run a trick play, or who his quarterback will be. In late July, a relatively chipper Petersen joked that outside of trips to Paramount Studios for conference media days, he’s actually more anonymous on the streets of Seattle than he was in Boise, and he’s been thankful for that. Enjoy it while it lasts, Chris. Washington managed to replace Steve Sarkisian with one of the mo... He makes no bones about it: Chris Petersen doesn’t love the spotlight. He doesn’t love talking to media about whether he’ll run a trick play, or who his quarterback will be. In late July, a relatively chipper Petersen joked that outside of trips to Paramount Studios for conference media days, he’s actually more anonymous on the streets of Seattle than he was in Boise, and he’s been thankful for that. Enjoy it while it lasts, Chris. Washington managed to replace Steve Sarkisian with one of the mo... 58314696@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:34:02 MDT Pac-12 notes: USC corner’s injury story being questioned http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogspac12blog/58340117-221/pac-team-playoff-shaw.html.csp The heart-warming story of USC cornerback Josh Shaw injuring himself while saving his nephew from drowning barely lasted a day before coming under scrutiny. Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian acknowledged Tuesday morning that the football program had gotten several calls "questioning the validity" of Shaw's narrative of how he sprained both his ankles, thus putting himself on the shelf for the start of USC's season. Shaw, a senior and team captain, was the subject of a Monday USC release describing h... The heart-warming story of USC cornerback Josh Shaw injuring himself while saving his nephew from drowning barely lasted a day before coming under scrutiny. Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian acknowledged Tuesday morning that the football program had gotten several calls "questioning the validity" of Shaw's narrative of how he sprained both his ankles, thus putting himself on the shelf for the start of USC's season. Shaw, a senior and team captain, was the subject of a Monday USC release describing h... 58340117@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:59:02 MDT Pac-12: Expectations sky-high for Brett Hundley, UCLA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogspac12blog/58326006-221/ucla-hundley-bruins-mora.html.csp It gets easier, sure. UCLA has maybe the most difficult schedule in the country this year. But there may be no time like the present for Jim Mora and the Bruins to fulfill some hefty expecations. Conference championship? Seems reasonable. College Football Playoff? Why not? Here's the evidence: There's a strong corps of linebackers, including last year's freshman sensation Myles Jack. The secondary returns almost all of its starters. They've got talent and experinece on the offensive line, weapon... It gets easier, sure. UCLA has maybe the most difficult schedule in the country this year. But there may be no time like the present for Jim Mora and the Bruins to fulfill some hefty expecations. Conference championship? Seems reasonable. College Football Playoff? Why not? Here's the evidence: There's a strong corps of linebackers, including last year's freshman sensation Myles Jack. The secondary returns almost all of its starters. They've got talent and experinece on the offensive line, weapon... 58326006@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:28:31 MDT Pac-12 football preview: Stanford faces a tough road http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogspac12blog/58314500-221/pac-stanford-teams-shaw.html.csp In some ways, 2013 was a strange year for Stanford. During the regular season they were 6-0 against Top-25 teams, and they were beaten twice by unranked teams. One of those, of course, was Utah. Stanford head coach David Shaw recently said that very little separates the top nine teams in the conference — and if that’s true, Stanford has its work cut out. Of those six games last year against ranked opponents, five came at home. This year they again face six ranked teams, and they’ll travel for fi... In some ways, 2013 was a strange year for Stanford. During the regular season they were 6-0 against Top-25 teams, and they were beaten twice by unranked teams. One of those, of course, was Utah. Stanford head coach David Shaw recently said that very little separates the top nine teams in the conference — and if that’s true, Stanford has its work cut out. Of those six games last year against ranked opponents, five came at home. This year they again face six ranked teams, and they’ll travel for fi... 58314500@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:26:44 MDT Pac-12 football preview: Riley, Mannion appear to have OSU primed for bowl run http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogspac12blog/58314063-221/state-beavers-defense-pac.html.csp The rational Utah fan has to have a healthy respect for Mike Riley. This is a guy who, in his second stint in Corvallis, has taken the state’s second-banana school and won seven or more games in eight of 11 seasons. While locally we debate whether a seemingly improved Utah team is capable of seven wins, it seems almost a given that with as many as eight returning starters and a potential first-round draft pick at quarterback, Riley will squeeze seven out of the Pac-12 North. And amazingly, he’s ... The rational Utah fan has to have a healthy respect for Mike Riley. This is a guy who, in his second stint in Corvallis, has taken the state’s second-banana school and won seven or more games in eight of 11 seasons. While locally we debate whether a seemingly improved Utah team is capable of seven wins, it seems almost a given that with as many as eight returning starters and a potential first-round draft pick at quarterback, Riley will squeeze seven out of the Pac-12 North. And amazingly, he’s ... 58314063@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:10:44 MDT