Thursday afternoon

Believe it or not, Cal is about to open Pac-10 play for the 2008 season. Starting the conference season so early has its share of challenges.

Here’s ESPN’s Ted Miller’s take on the Bears-Cougars game: California 40, Washington State 24: Cal will be a little flat after a big win last week, and the Cougars will come out fighting in front of their home fans. But, eventually, the Bears’ talent will create separation and punish Coug mistakes.

Cal center Alex Mack continues to write diary entries for the Sporting News’ new online edition. You can access them at calbears.com.

Martin Stadium will look a little different when Cal shows up this time.

It looks like the Cougars come into this one pretty banged up.

WSU running back Dwight Tardy continues to come back from knee surgery.

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.