Just got back online after some technical difficulties. I was planning on giving you the first quarter stats, but they seem a little outdated at this point. I’ll come back with the halftime stats when I get them.
As expected, Stanford linebacker Pat Maynor is playing. He missed last week’s game against USC with a knee contusion. Maynor is the Cardinal’s leading tackler.
Cal won the toss and will receive. Enjoy the game.
OK, not technically. But I just received word that on the undercard, the Daily Cal spanked the Stanford Daily in the annual Ink Bowl played at nearby Willard Park. The final was 63-21. That makes four in a row for the Daily Cal.
Uh, the Stanford band, that is. They were just introduced to — what else? — a chorus of boos.
Today’s captains are center Alex Mack, fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou, linebacker Zack Follett and defensive end Tyson Alualu.
Good morning, everyone. Just settling in here at Memorial Stadium. It looks like it’s going to be a really nice day. Not much to report here yet. We’re still over two hours until kickoff. The Stanford band is setting up behind the south end zone and security is assuming positions.
And now for some pregame reading:
–Here’s our story today, looking at the motivation Cal has to get The Axe back in Berkeley.
–The San Jose Mercury News looks at Stanford’s quest to become bowl-eligible.
–Our columnist, Cam Inman, interviews The Axe.
Quick question: What has been Cal’s major shortcoming during its two-game losing streak?
Yes, there were special teams breakdowns against Oregon State, and yes the quarterbacks continue to be inconsistent. But it seems pretty clear that the Bears’ inability to protect the passer is what ultimately felled them in their losses to USC and Oregon St.
History may demonstrate that this was a big week for the future of Cal’s football program.
Multiple online recruiting sites reported this week that the Bears secured oral commitments from a pair of top-level defensive backs, cornerback Steve Williams from Dallas and safety Alex Logan out of Denver. In the case of Williams, he decommitted from Oklahoma to choose Cal.
Williams is rated as the 8th-best corner prospect in the country by ESPN.com, 88th overall. Logan is listed as the 17th-rated safety.
Here’s more on Williams’ choice from ESPN.com.
Could more big names be on the horizon? This is expected to be a huge recruiting weekend for the Bears, who are hosting eight recruits, according to scout.com. Among them are some of the nation’s best at their positions, most notably Phoenix defensive end Devon Kennard. Also on campus will be wide receiver Randall Carroll, who has a soft commitment to USC but reportedly still is interested in Cal.
If all goes well against Stanford and the Bears finish the season strong, this could turn out to be a significant recruiting class.