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Football: Tuesday night update

Linebacker D.J. Holt was the second player at today’s weekly press conference (quarterback Kevin Riley is always one of the two players at the media session). Here are the transcriptions to what was said by coach Jeff Tedford, Riley and Holt.

Here are Nevada’s weekly game notes.

You get the feeling Cal realizes just what kind of test Nevada will be, especialy for the defense. There just is no easy way to defend the Wolf Pack’s dynamic pistol offense. And going on the road for the first time, for a Friday night, nationally televised game, will ramp up the intensity.

This will, by far, be Cal’s toughest test of the season. If some are still unsure just how good the Bears are, if some believe their two dominant wins came over inferior teams, this will be a much better measuring stick.

Nevada may be a team from a mid-major conference, but the Wolf Pack are legit. If the Bears win this one, then they will start to make believers out of a lot more people.

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.

  • CalBear91

    Go Bears! Wolves don’t mess with bears in the woods, and shouldn’t on the football field either.

  • Pasadena Dave

    JO – easy there about the toughest test of the season. It will be a statement game, but I can see others being just as tough, if not tougher. How about Arizona in Tucson a week from sat. or oregon state in corvallis?

    If we are fortunate enough to win, it will be a nice feather in our cap, even if Nevada is a non-BCS school. However, I think we have some other tough tests coming up this season if we pass this one.

  • SteveNtexas

    Pasadena Dave – they meant toughest test of the season SO FAR. Nevada has votes in both major polls and is ranked ahead of us in CBS for what its worth.

    The altitude could be a factor somewhat.

  • Ho

    I want to believe!

  • covinared

    DJ probably needs to have a big game for Cal to win.

  • TrumanHugh

    I’ve touched on this in another thread, but I don’t think altitude will be that big of a deal.

    First, Reno (elevation 5019) doesn’t “feel” like a high elevation region. You don’t get a feeling like you’re up in the mountains or that the air is thinner like you do elsewhere. Of course, I’m not playing a football game when I’m over there, and I know there is *some* effect, I just don’t think it’s a significant one.

    Second, Cal has had success in games at even higher elevations. In 2007, we beat both Colorado State (elevation 5140) and Air Force (6572) in pretty easy games. In each of those, Tedford was very cognizant of the altitude and made sure players were heavily substituted between plays.

    I haven’t heard anything about altitude from anyone on the team and I’m curious to know if Tedford has any real concerns. If so, I would imagine they would be addressed with rotating players and making sure there is plenty of oxygen on the sidelines.

    Go Bears!

  • Grrrrrah

    Hey Ho–

    Believe, Baby, believe!!

  • Calduke

    As of today;

    Cal is favored by 2 points over Nevada(The odds have been dropping)

    The over/under is 60 points

    That translates to a predicted score of 32-30 Bears.

    My fantasy brain tells me that the Bears should replace 3 of the linebackers with 3 defensive backs
    (corners and/or safeties). They will need speed to keep the QB from running amok and quick coverage for the short passing game.

    The Wolfpack offense looks very similiar to Oregon’s.
    If the Bears can keep Nevada below 28 points, and Arizona to 24 points, I will buy into this defense.

    Hoping for a big win this Friday.

  • Dan

    JO- If Jacob Wark is indeed out for the year, this year can still be a redshirt for him, correct?

  • wehofx

    >>>The Wolfpack offense looks very similiar to Oregon’s.>>> True that.

    GAP DISCIPLINE. Nv will be a great test for the D. Can they be aggressive and still maintain GD necessary to slow down spread O’s?

    Go Bears!

  • rollonubears

    most of nevada’s yards in their last game were the result of missed tackles. i hope clancy places a higher emphasis on tackling in this game, than stripping the ball. the holmoe era bears were all a bunch of slappers.

  • covinared

    holmoe had some very good defensive teams. offense was a problem.

  • BlueNGold

    ‘Offense was a problem’, Covinared? That is a major understatement. I can remember going to games during the Holmoe era where they could not even snap the ball from center accurately.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Or lineup the right number of people on the line. It was a comedy of errors. They didn’t have a clue when to call time outs, etc. And I am not speaking about the 2007 Oregon State game.

  • Calduke

    Mistake re predicted score; should be 31-29
    Big Difference

  • covinared

    bng: sorry for the understatement.

  • Calduke

    I think Coach Tedford wants the team to spend some time
    under the lights to let them get ‘the feel’ of the lighted night game.
    That will be more of a distraction than the altitude.