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Wrapping up Thursday's games: Utah doesn't play like a Pac 12 team

The football season kicked off last night, including a pair of Pac-12 teams opening their season against FCS schools.

Down in Salt Lake City, the Utes jumped out to an early lead but didn't exactly look dominant in a 27-10 win against a good Montana State team. How good is MSU? Well, they beat Eastern 30-7 last season.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham did, curtly summing up his feelings in the post-game news conference.

“We won’t win a game in the Pac-12 if we play like this the rest of the way,” he said.

Columnist Gordon Monson wrote about that premise.

Montana State wasn’t quite good enough to send along any real revelations. Utah beating a team from the Big Sky by the score of 27-10 is a tough barometer to read.

Do the Bobcats suck? Do the Utes suck for having beaten them by only 17?

You have to wonder.

Fellow columnist Kurt Kragthorpe writes about the Utes offense led by Jordan Wynn and under the new direction of Norm Chow looked "abysmal."

After all the wondering about Wynn’s recovery and all the anticipation of what offensive coordinator Norm Chow would bring to Utah, the reviews were decidedly unfavorable following a 27-10 win over Montana State that could only be described as unsatisfying.

Also from the game, running back John White had a nice debut for the Utes running for 150 yards on 19 carries. Utah's defense was pretty solid.

Down in Tempe, Arizona State crushed UC Davis 48-14 in a laugher.

It was triple digits in Tempe and quarterback Brock Osweiler was one of several players to battle cramps in the game.

Columnist Paola Boivin wrote about how well and how under control Vontaze Burfict played in the season opener.

He was animated but not disruptive. Punishing but not penalizing. After his third sack, which came late in the third quarter and had Wright on his back at the UC-Davis 1-yard line, he celebrated, but he did it as he ran off the field.

Burfict should watch this game and be reminded about the positive impact he can have on this group, not to mention how much easier it will be for NFL teams, who invest a lot of money these days in background searches, to draft him.

He also should know there are plenty of people out there who expect him to fail, who think he'll cost the Sun Devils a game with an ill-timed penalty. He should make it his goal to spend the rest of the season proving them wrong.