College Opening day, so far By Sue Favor - November 10, 2017 College team news: Five storylines to watch unfold this year. Oregon State is still confident in the wake of key departures. UConn looks to blend transfers, freshmen and All-Americans in their quest for a title. Seasoned Grambling State is eyeing the SWAC title. Utah is counting on depth, but coach Lynne Roberts wants more toughness. In the nicest possible way, Ball State and their coach are sick of the WNIT. Oklahoma will retire Courtney Paris’ jersey tonight. Florida has questions to confront ahead of their season opener. College player news: Several Pac-12 players have been named to preseason watch lists. A’ja Wilson is ESPNW’s preseason player of the year. Jamie Nared is adjusting to a leadership role with the Lady Vols. Minnesota’s Carlie Wagner is a leader after learning from Rachel Banham. Is Azurá Stevens the best Husky of them all? For Kentucky, there is one indispensable player. After waiting her turn, Lexi Gussert is ready to make her mark at Michigan State. Indiana senior Amanda Cahill is making her mark and having fun doing it. Marie Gulich and Joanna Grymek are benefiting from post battles for the Beavers. Wichita State’s freshmen are bonding over their International experience. Chico State star Whitney Branham is playing through spina bifida. Recruiting news: No. 1 recruit Christyn Williams has chosen UConn.