Big Game week

Apparently, a post I submitted last night never made it up here, so I’m taking another crack at it.

Monday marked the unofficial beginning of Big Game week with the annual luncheon to promote the event. The Bears seemed to really focus on the importance of the Big Game. That’s good for Cal, which needs something to help keep it motivated as its season has unraveled. The Big Game probably comes at the right time. No matter what’s going on in the season, players always are motivated to play this game. The Bears could use the extra bounce in their step.

After doing some more research and hearing more scuttlebutt, it seems more and more likely that Cal could indeed be headed to the Emerald Bowl. It’s predicated on Arizona State going to the Fiesta Bowl. That would move all the bowl-eligible teams in the Pac-10 up a notch, essentially moving Cal from sixth to fifth. If the Sun Devils beat Arizona on Saturday, many feel they will get the Fiesta Bowl bid because they are the local team. It won’t make a difference if Cal wins or loses Saturday. Since Arizona will have lost, the Bears still will be the sixth bowl-eligible team in the conference, then move up to fifth because of Arizona State’s inclusion in a BCS game.

If Arizona and Cal both win, the Bears would be headed to the Armed Forces Bowl. If Arizona wins and Cal loses, the Bears season likely would be over.

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.

  • Jonathan, you keep forgetting the 7-5 vs. 6-6 rule for bowls. The Big Game, the ASU vs. UA and the USC vs. UCLA game all affect Cal’s place in the bowl pecking order.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Ken, as I posted earlier, the 7-5 vs. 6-6 rule only applies to become bowl-eligible. Once all the teams are determined to be bowl eligible, it goes by conference standings.

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