Houston — The running backs are bringing the star power to Saturday’s LSU-Wisconsin game.
There’s Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, a Heisman Trophy hopeful who’s coming off a 1,600-yard season and comes into the season averaging 8.1 yards per carry, tops in the nation.
LSU seniors Terrance Magee and Kenny Hilliard are a solid 1-2 punch, combining for 936 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns last season.
And then there’s Leonard Fournette.
The mega-hyped LSU freshman is expected to make his debut on national TV.
He was widely regarded as the nation’s top recruit after running for 7,619 yards and 88 touchdowns at New Orleans’ St. Augustine High School.
“I’ve seen his high school film or whatever, he’s a great player,” Gordon said.
The quarterbacks have garnered most of the talk leading up to the game.
Tanner McEvoy, a former receiver and safety who only moved to quarterback in the spring, might start for Wisconsin ahead of last year’s starter, Joel Stave.
LSU is moving on from the Zach Mettenberger era with sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris.
(At) Arizona 58, UNLV 13: Arizona ran over Nevada-Las Vegas in a rout last season.
The Rebels loaded up to prevent that from happening, so the Wildcats went to the air and beat them with a record-setting performance.
Anu Solomon threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start, and Arizona broke a 45-year-old school record with 787 total yards in a season-opening 58-13 rout over UNLV Friday night.
"If they're going to load up in the box, you need to be able to take some shots down the field," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We didn't hit them, but we hit some."
More than some, thanks to Solomon.
The redshirt freshman shook off some early-game miscues with a series of big plays to break the school freshman record for passing yards, highlighted by a 92-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hill on the first play of the second half.
Terris Jones-Grigsby laid the groundwork, running for 124 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's first game in three years without two-time All-American Ka'Deem Carey. Freshman Nick Wilson added an 85-yard touchdown run to help the Wildcats break the school record of 691 total yards, set against New Mexico in 1969.
"Coach Rod likes points, and we wanted to give him points," Hill said after his first game since missing the 2013 season with a torn ACL.
BYU 35, (at) UConn 10: The UConn Huskies finished a lot better than they started in their opening loss to BYU.
It was easy to do. UConn ran only one offensive play and was down 14-0 less than 10 minutes into its 35-10 loss Friday night.
"They responded, battled, fought hard," coach Bob Diaco said. "From where I was standing, it looked like they were locked in and nobody gave up."
The Huskies had no answer for BYU quarterback Taysom Hill.
Hill threw three touchdown passes and ran for two, completing 28 of 36 passes to nine receivers without an interception. He went 17 of 20 to lead the Cougars to a 28-7 halftime advantage, and was BYU's leading rusher with 97 yards on 12 carries.
"He was resilient and methodical and 28 points in the first half was ideal and that was something I was hoping to see," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said.
The Huskies gave up 513 yards of offense and 329 of that came before intermission.
Last year, Hill ran for more than 1,300 yards and passed for just under 3,000. He capped the Cougars' opening 15-play, 75-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. He then found Mitch Mathews wide open over the middle from 26 yards out, after tailback Max DeLorenzo fumbled on the Huskies' first offensive play.