Welcome to Autzen Stadium

Greetings, everyone. I just got settled in at the press box at Autzen Stadium. It’s funny to look around right now because the place is absolutely empty. In a couple of hours, this place is going to be rocking. I’ve only covered one game here before, about six years ago, and I remember walking away just amazed by the atmosphere. Cal will have to be very disciplined and mentally tough to win.

The anticipation of this game in Eugene is palpable. Three hours before the game, the parking lots are filling up and tailgating is in full throttle. This definitely is one of the most anticipated games at Oregon in a while.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Jan K. Oski

    I hope enough of those tailgaters brought humble pie!
    Go Bears!
    Eat Duck!

  • CalAlum97

    Hi J.O. We’ve heard a lot from the analysts on who is going to win this game but I’d like to get your take (good or bad) on who you think has the better chance of winning. You are more familiar with the Cal Bears team, inside and out, than any other analyst and I think your opinion counts for a lot. Thanks (and I cross my fingers you’ll say “the bears!”)

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Cal, well I was asked for my prediction a few times this week, and I came up with Cal 44, Oregon 38. This is a hard one to predict. I think the difference may be that Cal might make a few big plays on defense that lead to scores.

  • CalAlum97

    “Cal might make a few big plays on defense that lead to scores.”

    Jonathon you were totally RIGHT!!!! Right on! We won! We won! The BEARS have one it!!