Football: Feels like game week

It’s a Tuesday morning and I’m headed off to the weekly press luncheon in a little while. Sounds like football season to me.

In the meantime, here are some links:

–Here’s a story I wrote for today, examining how realistic Jahvid Best’s Heisman chances really are.

–A quick season preview, the condensed version.

–Jahvid Best and Syd’Quan Thompson each were named to the CBSSports.com preseason All-America first team.

–ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit released his annual “Herbie Awards” yesterday. There is some Cal presence. Notice that Tightwad Hill is a place he’d like to get to.

–From the Baltimore Sund: Maryland appears to have a logjam at running back.

–This may sound familiar. Maryland has a kicking competition that hasn’t been resolved yet.

–Here’s another one that may sound familiar: Maryland’s quarterback is finally the team’s undisputed starter after sharing time in the past.

–Here’s a good read on Maryland receiver Adrian Cannon, who hopes to replace Darrius Heyward-Bey as the team’s top receiver.

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

    If Cal beats Oregon, the SC game would be perfect for Gameday. It would be great to get some coverage for Cal.

  • rollonubears

    i think the whole country is sick of hearing about the 3 quarterbacks. even if they all have great seasons, it’s just stats. the excitement created by a multi-purpose back is what best has an excellent shot. if he stays healthy, gets lots of touches, and returns kicks all year, he’ll have a highlight reel twice as long as any of the other qbs who roll out and throw 15 yards, again, and again. i don’t think those guys have anything to do with it. if best has a stellar year, he takes home the trophy. go bears.

  • rollonubears

    unfortunately for the bears, $C will probably already have at least one loss at that point.

  • TrumanHugh

    If Cal is undefeated by October 3rd–and $C manages to win along the way–there won’t be a bigger game scheduled for GameDay to visit. Of course, they’ll probably have to set up inside the massive hole at the side of the stadium…

    Seriously, where would they put the set? Kleiberger? Too much of a bottle neck for the north-end entry…

    The hockey field (I can’t think of its official name)? What would they do with the “family day” activities?

    They need to perch them up on Tightwad Hill and put Lee Corso in charge of the cannon. Good ol’ Corso. He’s always such a believer in Cal! Once again, he’s picked Cal to win the Pac-10. I just hope he’s recovered enough from his stroke to make his appearances this season.

    Go Bears!

  • ToparchiBear

    For the fun of it. Maybe the first $C lost is to SJSU the former Cal QB Reed will lead the team. Most likely not, but, hey, who knows, they may go for an upset in L.A.

  • rollonubears

    cool thing about drawing u$c early is that you only have to root for them for a couple weeks. i really don’t think they’re going to handle ohio state, but hopefully they do. can’t believe the ducks are a 4pt dog on the smurf turf, either. is boise st. really as good as last year?

  • 66Bear

    Thanks for the links, JO. However, after reading the reports at the Maryland links, I’m curious to know why there is a supposed 21-point spread for the Twerps game. They beat us last year, their QB is supposedly six for seven against top-25 teams, and there is no reason to think that they’ve transformed themselves into a bad team this season. Although I’ve always believed that he Bears will beat the Twerps this year, a three-touchdown spread against any decent (or even a poor) opponent is ridiculous. What gives?

  • abe

    66Bear—the terps are perceived to be weaker this year because they graduated a lot of their starters. but i do agree though 21 point spread is a little bit of a stretch.

  • ToparchiBear

    um! How about 28-7 the first half and 45-16 at the end.
    And, Mansion plays the fourth quater, after a big lead.

    Time for a redemption.
    Go Bears!

  • Davidson

    They are extremely green and weak on the lines. They lost everyone except their QB and RB.

    We should be able to run all over their defensive line. Best gets into the linebackers/secondary, he’s gone.

  • Jan K Oski

    3 reasons why there’s a 21 point spread:

    (1) Games are won and lost in the trenches. The Bears should be much improved, while the Terps took a step backwards due to graduations.

    (2) The Terps new aggressive defense will get burned by a creative and unpredictable Ludwig offense. Multiple players score TDs, while a bigger Jahvid racks up a handful of long runs.

    (3) Cal gets revenge for the ridiculously early start last year. When the 4th Quarter rolls around, it will be midnight for the Terps. Terp players will be asking for coffee.

    Go BEARS!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I have been calling it since last week. It will be a close game. Definitely take Maryland and the points. Here is what I think. If Maryland sticks to the ground taking time off the clock and forces Riley to beat them with his erratic arm it is anyone’s game.

  • Jethro

    Remember you old farts, 12 or 1 AM is not late for a college student, even if they play football. The late start will not affect Maryland.

    Cal will win, but I’ll take Maryland and 21.5 points (Roxborough line today, up from 21). Roxborough also has Boise by 4 today, down from 5.5. I’ll take Oregon and the points.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    66, by all accounts, Maryland isn’t expected to be as good this year. They’ve lost a lot up front and at some other key positions. Cal, on the other hand, is expected to be better and has the game at home. That all being said, I agree that the spread is too high. I was expecting it to be maybe 12-14.