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Football: Thursday reading

–Saturday’s game will help determine if the Oregon loss was a blip or the beginning of a trend.

–USC’s Stafon Johnson is starting to communicate electronically at the hospital.

–It may be a good idea for Cal to get USC into third-down situations.

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.

  • JDA

    Despite the Oregon score, I think our defense is stout. In recent losses, I don’t think scores reflected how well our defense played–they were just on the field too often and inevitably suffered breakdowns.

    I’m looking for dynamism on offense. We have the talent. The sets we ran in the first quarter of the Minnesota game were great: spread the field, use our speed, create multiple options from similar looks. I’m not sure where it all went against the Ducks.

    This team has great potential. We’ve gotta rise to the occasion.

  • george watson

    The problem is that Riley really isn’t a playmaker and Best can’t do it alone. Minnesota, by the way, wasn’t that good a team. What we really need is a stellar performance by Riley and the offensive line, protecting him and opening things up for Best, and by the coaching staff. Man,they had better have it in high gear for the Trojans because otherwise it will be ugly. (BTW, Rivals picks the bears by three over the Trojans.)

  • Larry

    I wouldn’t say Minn. is chopped liver. They are 3-1, same record as U$C. They haven’t played elite teams, except for Cal. They won two away games.

  • McLOVIN

    Oh so Cal is an elite team? Oregon would beg to differ.