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Football: Tuesday links

  • My notebook today. Sean Cattouse is back in the mix at free safety.
  • A Cal midseason report by ESPN.com’s Ted Miller.
  • USC expects a tough test against Cal’s defense.

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.

  • CalJeff

    KLAC 570 radio in Los Angeles is reporting that the PAC-12 will be split into two divisions as follows:

    North
    UW
    WSU
    UO
    OSU
    CAL
    STAN

    South
    USC
    UCLA
    UA
    ASU
    CU
    UTAH

    Holy cow! I hope that the Calif. schools still play each other every year…

  • rollonubears

    we should still play 9 games in conference. that’d mean we’d play LA 2 out of every 3 years, and thus, get each school at home every 3 years. that’s not all that bad. it’s funny that utah is considered the south, though. they had to do this because if cal and stanfurd were in the south, and colorado and utah in the north, nobody would have cared about anyone except oregon up there.

  • BlueNGold

    Even if the conference is split into 2 divisions, can’t they still schedule inter-division games? Why would both divisions be locked in to only playing within their division?

  • rollonubears

    i don’t think they would. i think they’d be locked into at LEAST playing all the opponents in their division, to determine a division champion, and then try to play as many teams from the other division as possible, while still leaving room for a warm-up game or two, and a non-conference opponent or two. likely, we’re looking at 9 pac 12 games, and 3 ooc games, so 5 intra-division rivals, and 4 inter-division rivals, meaning each year, you don’t play 2 from the conference. that’s not too bad. i don’t think we’ll always play LA though. i think the 2 we don’t play will rotate each year. it just makes more sense that way. before we played 12 games a year, we used to skip one team a year, anyway, so i’m cool with this.

  • BlueNGold

    If the plan is to have each team play all their divisional rivals plus teams from the other division each year, and the out of division games were rotated among all the teams from year to year, I think I could live with that. The conference should put out some information about this because all the speculation is going to leave a lot of people confused and disappointed when the final decisions are made.