Ben Margot, Associated Press
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011.

Alex Smith continues to be a hot topic with the San Francisco 49ers. New head coach Jim Harbaugh has made it clear he likes the former Utah quarterback. On Wednesday, general manager Trent Baalke said he'd like to have Smith back in the mix as well. The Sacramento Bee reports that the 49ers have a one-year contract ready for Smith once the NFL lockout ends.

— "Blogging the Boys" takes a close look at NFL draft prospect Brandon Burton. Could the ex-Ute end up going to Dallas?

— A ranking of 120 college football stadiums lists Rice-Eccles as No. 50.

— Former Utah running back Jamal Anderson, who attained NFL fame with the Atlanta Falcons, has a new passion — ice hockey.

— And finally, Kelsey Price of The Daily Utah Chronicle doesn't like the idea of in-state "rivalries" being forced onto Utah's non-conference schedules in the future.