Cal football: A few thoughts

–Some of you have asked about the start time and TV for the Minnesota game. I’m told that’s likely to be announced next week.

–Cal’s team camp is taking place this weekend and I’m told there are some top prospects there, more than last weekend’s individual camp.

–Reminder that our live chat with Jahvid Best takes place next Thursday from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

–Pac-10 media day is scheduled for July 30. That’s when the preseason media poll will be announced. I’ve received my ballot and will turning it in soon, then will share my picks with you.

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.

  • Pete Carroll

    I’m very interested in JO’s pre-season ballot. Here’s mine in order of finish.

    Arizona State

    This is Cal’s year. Everyone knows that Cal will have a great running game and an aggressive defense. They will be surprised by how much better Cal’s passing attack will be. Kevin Riley’s challenge is not mechanical it’s mental. As he gets more comfortable with his teammates and the speed of the game, he will be a very good to excellent quarterback. An off-season of working with his receivers will help immensely. I, Pete Carroll, was quite upset with the departure of Mark Sanchez because I know something that everyone else doesn’t – USC has no viable QB ready to go. USC’s defense will be less effective because they will be on the field too long. The SC offense will have too many 3-and-outs while good running teams like Cal and OSU will maintain sustained drives. Eventhough SC has the best safety in semi-pro…er…college football, he’s not immune from getting tired.


  • AmyFan4Life

    Hey Pete, you might consider talking about “your own team” in the first person. Sayings like “USC has no viable QB…” or “The SC offense…” or “Even though SC has…” shows you’re not actually the horse.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    AmyFan4Life Says:
    June 20th, 2009 at 9:20 am
    Hey Pete, you might consider talking about “your own team” in the first person. Sayings like “USC has no viable QB…” or “The SC offense…” or “Even though SC has…” shows you’re not actually the horse. >>>>> Wow you are brilliant! Gee I wonder how many readers have just had all of their previous doubts clarified.

  • 66Bear

    Dear MoroN:
    I think that Pete Carroll may be spot on with his pre-season ballot. And you will perhaps recall that when I commented on your whinings last week, I also predicted a third-place finish for U$C. Where do you predict that the best team that money can buy will finish in the PAC-10 this year? Please clarify your prediction and relieve the doubts of your readers.

  • ToparchiBears

    SC will be sanctioned. So, I will count them out.

    Go Bears!

  • Calduke

    This seems the best place to put my posting.

    I continue to read and hear how this the year USC can be, and will be, 2-3 best in the PAC 10. These observations seem to be based on an inexperienced QB.

    These observations in various Calif and national media
    will provide te Trojans with great bulletin fodder and probably get them fired up – particularly at Cal & Oregon.
    Most observators rate USC defense 1 or 2 in the nation.

    I hope this isn’t the case, but, the USC coaches are probably reminding the team that they expected to be also-rans this year.
    I hope the Bears can perform as they are expected. Cal has received some great pre-season rating and expections.


  • Calduke


    Count USC out of what, because of sanctions?
    It’s possible they could still win the PAC 10(hope not), Sanctions or no sanctions

  • Davidson

    Calduke, simply doesnt look as good as it normally does top to bottom. Tough away games at ohio st, oregon, cal and notre dame are also factors. USC dropping 2+ games is a real possibility. No team can dominate forever, it goes in cycles.

  • Calduke


    USC could lose 2 games, but, most PAC 10 teams will lose 2 games. I hope USC’s 2 losses will be to Oregon and Cal.
    My comment dealt with someone thinking that USC should not be considered a contender because of possible sanctions. Sanctions will have no effect on USC’s record this year.

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