Timing is everything

It seems like the stars are aligning for Cal. First, there was the convergence of events Saturday: The Bears’ win over Oregon combined with the upset losses by Oklahoma and Florida. Throw in West Virginia’s loss on Friday, and the Bears suddenly leapt to the forefront of college football (or even more than they already were).

And now this: a bye week. Consider the Bears have gotten to this point despite being less than healthy. Granted, most teams can claim key injuries, but the bottom line is when Cal plays its next game on Oct. 13 against Oregon State, it should see the return of linebacker Zack Follett, defensive end Rulon Davis, fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou and kicker Tom Schneider. Simply put, the bye week comes at a perfect time for the Bears.

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.

  • TrumanHugh

    In regard to the bye….you’re right: it couldn’t come at a better time. We’ll have the week off to rest and heal, then the week to prepare for a more-mediocre-by-the-week Oregon State, which will allow us a tune-up game before heading to head south to UCLA the southeast to Arizona State.

    Watching the Stanford/ASU game, made me think about the downside to bye scheduling…

    Stanford has so many injuries, but without any depth chart to fall back on. They’ve already had their bye in the second week (with another unofficial bye the week before the Big Game).

    On top of that, Saturday night, fourth quarter, five minutes left in the game…it was ASU 4503 (or whatever), Stanford 3…

    Why was Ostrander still playing? Stanford had no chance to pull off a comeback, or even make it respectable, so why would Chewin’ Tobacca Harbaugh keep his starting QB in and risk injury?? Why wouldn’t he want to give his younger QBs some field time? I’m sure the field/game exposure would be a great benefit for them.

    What does Harbaugh have to gain by risking injury to a pretty decent QB (and Stanford’s only hope for anything this season)? At that point in a lost game–garbage time–one usually brings in the green players to give ’em a feel for the game.

    I don’t see what he’s trying to accomplish.

  • TrumanHugh

    “…before heading south to UCLA then southeast to Arizona State.”

    It’s officially time for bed.

  • CBKWit

    is Rulon really going to be ready for OSU? I was starting to get worried that he would be out for a much longer time.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    CBK, I’d be surprised if Rulon isn’t back for OSU. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said after the game Saturday that he was planning on having both Davis and Follett back by the game.

  • cal85

    Although the x-rays were negative, I’m most concerned about Nate. I just hope that his ankle doesn’t bother him like Marshawn’s did for a significant period of last season.

  • Mike Gleason

    Who is Rulon Jones?

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Oops, that was supposed to be Rulon Davis, not Rulon Jones, the former Denver Broncos defensive end!

  • TrumanHugh

    Hey JO–

    It’s a few days since my Stanford comments above, and word today about Ostrander’s seizue is most troubling.

    Having a sister who had Epilepsy, I know how random a seizure can be. But, I also wonder about his time on the field. When we (Cal) have played Stanford, we hit him hard and often and yet he was always right back up and throwing.

    I’m not saying continued play by his starters in a losing endeavor is the cause for this, but there has to be some thought going through Harbaugh’s mind?!

    BTW, Saturday night’s game wasn’t the only time I’ve had this concern. There have been a couple of Stanford games where the commentators were quite vocal about what Harbaugh was doing leaving his starters in the game.