So it’s up to the land of the Palouse — something about rolling, peaceful hills — and I’m thinking offensive line. Scott Smith is back from a sprained knee, but Mike Gibson has done such a good job at right tackle that it will be interesting to see how Coach M uses him. Of course, Washington State defensive end Mkristo Bruce leads the nation in sacks with 10, so Cal might need to keep its offensive tackles fresh. It will be interesting to see Bruce, who is a 6-foot-7, 250-pounder. Gibson is more than an inch taller than Smith and about 15 pounds heavier, so we will see if size is important in trying to handle Bruce.
Also, free safety Thomas DeCoud will be back in action, and he probably will be worked into the lineup slowly since Bernard Hicks has done such a nice job.
Everything else is pretty much on schedule. Marshawn Lynch practiced well and appears ready to go. Nate Longshore remains confident.
Still waiting to hear from Cal and the Sling Box people about TV coverage at Memorial Stadium. If that doesn’t come through, I’ll put my cell phone number on here so you all can call during the game.