In the interest of transparency, I feel I must disclose that I am not a patriotic American.
Maybe I’m just bitter the Atlanta Braves have all-but let the National League East slip away, but I feel so liberated at the thought of football season really kicking off this weekend that I’ve all-but forgotten baseball season.
Yes, I fully favor football over our nation’s pastime. Thus, some would say I am not a patriot.
I know there is some great baseball yet to be played this year, but just look at the storylines coming up in this weekend’s football matchups and you’ll become a believer — if you haven’t already put baseball in the rear view mirror.
What to watch for this weekend:
— Grantsville and Tooele High Schools will face off in the county’s oldest rivalry game. Tooele is fresh off a dominating 31–6 win over Cyprus in the first season-opening victory since 2005. Grantsville blanked Tooele 21–0 in last year’s game and hasn’t lost to the Buffaloes since 2006. Will Grantsville’s defense be able to stop Tooele’s Wing-T offense? Kickoff is set for Friday at 7 p.m. in Grantsville.
— Stansbury cruised to a season-opening win last week over North Sanpete, but Stansbury residents will have a better chance to see what the Stallions are about this Friday when they travel to Hurricane. Is Stansbury good enough to run the table this year? Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
— The University of Utah coaching staff is under fire for a lack of recent wins. The Utes have only won a meager handful of Pac-12 games and the days of the Fiesta and Sugar Bowl victories seem like a foggy dream in the memories of the original BCS busters. That being said, the Utes hope to use Thursday’s opener against Idaho State as a launch pad into a season full of W’s.
— USU’s Chuckie Keeton is back from injury and Aggie fans couldn’t be happier. The Heisman hopeful has led USU to almost-victories in what used to be pay-to-slay games against power-5 schools — three times. Will Utah State finally get the monkey off its back and earn a signature win against a team that isn’t BYU or Utah? Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Mountain time on Sunday.
— BYU has been rejected more than once this summer in the question of which power-5 conferences will consider the Cougars a worthy opponent to strengthen their schedules with. When the Cougars face UConn this week, we’ll get a lot better of a look at what BYU is all about this year: How well the defense can recover after losing Van Noy, and if Taysom Hill’s offense can be explosive enough to land the Cougars into the upper echelons of the top-25 polls.
It’s weekends like these that make me proud to be an unpatriotic baseball-ignoring football junkie.
Tavin Stucki is a recent journalism graduate of Utah State University who hasn’t found a sport he doesn’t like. To talk Aggie football, or really anything else, hit him up on Twitter: @TooeleTAVscript.