Associated Press
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes the ball in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

Alex Smith has gone from beleaguered No. 1 pick in the NFL to the toast of the town in San Francisco. The former Utah quarterback is drawing a lot of praise for the 49ers' 8-1 start.

No surprise: Urban Meyer is on Ohio State's wish list.

The Pac-12 is fourth in's conference power rankings for football.

Check out ESPN 700's stockpile of interviews Monday involving Utah basketball and football.

Washington State will start freshman quarterback Connor Halliday against Utah.