Cal will receive the opening kick. Enjoy the game.
Estimates are for a crowd of about 46,000 today. With just a couple minutes to go before kickoff, this stadium is less than half full. Either it’s a late-arriving crowd or ASU won’t have much of a home-field advantage.
Based on pregame reps, the fill-ins for Cal’s unavailable players are no surprise. Mark Boskovich will start at left guard, Aaron Tipoti will start at nose tackle and Josh Hill will start at cornerback. As Jeff Tedford said, Sean Cattouse will start in place of Marcus Ezeff at safety.
Cal’s captains today are quarterback Kevin Riley, tight end Anthony Miller, defensive end Cameron Jordan and safety Brett Johnson.
Cal is going with the white jerseys and white pants today.
Happy Gameday, everyone. Settled in here in the Sun Devil Stadium press box, high above the field. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day here in Tempe. Several players from both teams are stretching and warming up on the field. I’ll be back with today’s links in a few.
Landry Fields . . . Drew Schiller . . . Da’Veed Dildy . . . Jarrett Mann . . . Andrew Zimmerman . . . Gabriel Harris.
Those six players represent the entirety of Stanford’s healthy, available list of recruited scholarship basketball players. At least for now.
Junior forward/center Josh Owens is the latest placed on the shelf after it was revealed he is out with an undisclosed medical condition. You cannot help but suspect things are at least somewhat serious when his father is quoted as saying, “Keep Joshua in your prayers.”
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, our sister Media News publication, provides this perspective in his College Hotline blog:
“There is a lack of detail on both Jeremy Green and Josh Owens because of the seriousness and unresolved nature of their issues — one’s legal, the other’s medical, and there isn’t enough on-the-record information to meet the threshold for publication on either front.
“From what I’ve heard about Green’s situation, Stanford fans should not rush to judgment or assume the worst.”
Here’s the full story from the Mercury News.
Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Times writes what many people have been thinking — the Pac-10 is going to be down this season.
UCLA is going to great lengths to get healthy.
USC, picked ninth in the Pac-10, may go only as far as Dwight Lewis can take them.
Arizona senior guard Nic Wise has a sprained ankle, but should be healthy soon.
Oregon point guard Garrett Sim — you remember him, the one-time Cal commitment — talks about his rough freshman season.
Eugene Register-Guard columnist Ron Bellamy writes about a pair of 5-foot-6 Oregon sharpshooters — TaJuan Porter of the men’s team and Taylor Lillie of the women’s squad.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline has no qualms about going against the choice of the Pac-10 media, although he does acknowledge ” betting against Montgomery probably isn’t the wisest move.” Still, Parrish picks Washington to win the Pac-10, and projects Husky sophomore Isaiah Thomas as the league’s player of the year.