Early arrival

Greetings from Seattle. Got to the stadium a bit early today in an attempt to avoid traffic. As it turned out, there wasn’t any. So here I sit in an almost-empty Husky Stadium. Surprisingly, it wasn’t raining when I woke up this morning. And even getting to the stadium, it was just overcast. As luck would have it, a steady light rain started almost the moment I sat down.

Good news and bad news on the weather front. As of yesterday, the forecast called for a 60 percent chance of showers at kickoff. Well, now the likelihood of rain is up to 80 percent (yes, I know I just said it’s raining right now. I’m talking about kickoff!) but with just a light rain. Sounds like the conditions could be a lot like last Saturday against USC.

Cal coach Jeff Tedford said the team doesn’t do much differently to prepare for a game in the rain, aside from having the quarterbacks practice throwing wet balls. He said he was happy how the Bears performed in the rain last week.

I’ll check in a little later, especially if and when we get an update on the availability of Washington quarterback Jake Locker.

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.