We know that the college football season has already begun because Jim Harbaugh now has a worse winning percentage as Michigan coach than Brady Hoke. Harbaugh lost his Michigan debut on Thursday against Utah, which no doubt put a little extra pep in the step of Ohio State fans. And you know who you are.
Ohio State opens on the road for the second straight season, playing Monday night at Virginia Tech. But under coach Urban Meyer, the road is basically home away from home.
A lot of things went wrong for Ohio State last year in a loss to Virginia Tech, things the Buckeyes want to rectify when they open the season in the return match at Blacksburg, Va., on Monday. No one likes the thought of being embarrassed by the same team two years in a row in prime time.
Redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard will start at defensive end in place of the suspended Joey Bosa against Virginia Tech.
If coach Urban Meyer has his way, only two Ohio State players will know who’ll be the starting quarterback before the Virginia Tech game. Meyer said he plans to tell J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones on Saturday which one has won the starting job. He expects those two to keep it to themselves.
The numbers prove no one in college football is more old-school than Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, and they have nothing to do with the thickness of Beamer’s Harry Caray-esque eyeglasses or the angle of the part atop his dazzling head of silver hair.
Michigan running back De’Veon Smith, left, is tackled by Utah linebacker Gionni Paul during the second half.
Jim Harbaugh was first to greet Jake Rudock on the Michigan sideline after he threw the pick-6 that pretty much ended any hope the Wolverines had of winning the much-hyped debut of their much-hyped coach.
"A lot of positives. Some things to build on." -- Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, after his team's loss to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- Jim Harbaugh was first to greet Jake Rudock on the Michigan sideline after he threw the pick-6 that pretty much ended any hope the Wolverines had of winning the much-hyped debut of their much-hyped coach. The coach put an arm around his player, told him that the Utah defensive back made a great play and gave the forlorn quarterback a pat on the helmet. Michigan fans will need to have the same type of patience with their team. Harbaugh has restored hope to the proud program, but as the 24-17 loss to the Utes on Thursday night showed, a return to glory is going to take some time.
CHICAGO — Terrelle Pryor’s mere presence in a game for the first time this summer gave Browns fans a reason to watch an exhibition finale featuring mostly backups and players who’ll be cut this weekend. But the converted quarterback didn’t do much during a 24-0 loss to the Chicago Bears in his NFL debut as a receiver on Thursday. At least not at his new position.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron (5, right) is chased by Indianapolis Colts Earl Okine (64) and Clayton Geathers (42) during the first half.
INDIANAPOLIS — Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron impressed his coach during the exhibition finale on Thursday night. He just couldn't get his team into the end zone. Rookie Tom Obarski made a 28-yard field goal with 2:49 left, and the Bengals’ defense kept the Colts out of the end zone to hold on for a 9-6 victory.