Fall is here, which means college football. From Logan to St. George and everywhere in between, all seven colleges sporting a football team have kicked off another season.
Starting at the south of the state and moving up, the Dixie State Red Storm lost their first game 44-37 in an overtime thriller to Colorado Mesa. The Red Storm put up big numbers; however, with 640 total yards of offense and look to show their offensive skills against Central Washington University on Sept. 13.
Up the road, the Southern Utah Thunderbirds have had a tough first two games, losing to both Nevada and FCS No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana. A bright spot for SUU was sophomore Chinedu Ahanonu who recorded 28 tackles against Nevada. They play South Dakota State for homecoming for their next game.
The BYU Cougars had their first game at UConn where they won 35-10. Of their second game, ESPN said, “BYU embarrassed Texas once again, this time by a 41-6 score, thanks in large part to a third-quarter run no team could’ve overcome. This was a perfect storm in all three phases of the game.” Their next game is against Houston which will be played in Provo.
45 minutes north is the University of Utah. They are 2-0 on the year after stomping Idaho State and Fresno State. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, “Utah’s first meeting with Fresno State in nearly 15 years proved to be a success for the Utes. They dealt the visiting Bulldogs a 59-27 setback Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.” U of U has a bye for their next week and then they prepare to play the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
Two more left for the state. Weber St has lost both of their games, first to Arizona State 14-45 and next to North Dakota State 7-24. They look to bounce back against Sacramento State for their next matchup.
Last but not least, the Utah State Aggies started out the season with a loss against the Tennessee Volunteers but then had strong showing against Idaho State the following week. Look for their senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton to be making big plays this year.
That wraps up college football around the state of Utah.