The Pac-12 eases into the football season this weekend, with all 12 teams in action but only one of them facing another Power 5 school (California, visiting Northwestern). The list of opponents also includes five FCS teams, four Mountain West teams and two other FBS teams, spread over three days. A look at Thursday's schedule:
Idaho State at Utah, 5:30 p.m. MDT, Pac-12 Networks.
Rice-Eccles Stadium already has become a traditional season-opening venue for the Pac-12 Networks. This is hardly a marquee matchup, but there's some intrigue about Ute quarterback Travis Wilson's return to the field (his last game was Nov. 9 vs. Arizona State) and the look of offensive coordinator Dave Christensen's fast-paced scheme. The final score is almost irrelevant, but Utah's first-half point total will give us some gauge of the offense's performance. Utah 59, Idaho State 14.<