Football: Wednesday report

Oregon State is ranked 119th our of 120 FBS teams in total defense, but don’t let Jeff Tedford know that it means the Beavers’ defense is down this season.

“I don’t look at statistics. I look at how they’re going to play,” Cal’s coach said. “They play hard and they’re always real solid on defense. I don’t get caught up too much on statistics.”

Tedford today talked a little bit about his history with Oregon St. coach Mike Riley. Not only has Tedford been coaching against Riley for years, he actually played for Riley when Riley was the head coach at Winnipeg in the CFL and Tedford was a quarterback there.

“I have a lot of respect for Mike,” Tedford said. “He’s a good guy and a great coach.”

Tedford has said he’s a Giants fan, but he’s obviously a bit busy these days. He knew the Giants were in the World Series but was unaware the World Series started tonight.

“I assumed that’s why people weren’t at our game the other day, because the Giants were playing,” Tedford said. He must follow the team some because he knew Saturday’s Game 6 of the NLCS had been moved from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time.

Tedford said he couldn’t miss the fact that the Giants had moved on to the World Series because Saturday night, after the Bears beat Arizona State, he took some recruits out to dinner and the “restaurant went haywire” when the Giants polished off the Phillies.

“I knew something was up,”  Tedford said.

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.

  • Oregon State will be aggressive with the WR’s and force you to beat them over the top. Rodgers in 2004 and Longshore in 2006 were able to pick them apart. Those teams were better up front than this Oregon State team, but Stephen Paea is a monster at DT for them.

    The Oregon State linebackers might be the worst in the conference so if the offensive line can get Vereen some holes then they’ll get big chunks of yards.

  • RandUmBear

    Just please SHOW UP. If you SHOW UP and win, then that’s great! If you SHOW UP and lost, then you still have my respect. Just SHOW UP and don’t get blown out of the water.

    I’m hoping that Riley will UNDO what he did two years ago, that Tedford will keep his headset and clipboard on, and that this CURSE will be lifted. And maybe things will be made right.

    You can’t control that or the win at Corvallis this saturday. But what we can control is SHOWING UP!

  • Calduke

    What was the Trojan’s defensive ranking when Cal played on their home field??

  • Bears

    Only thing that matters is OSU has owned us. Quizz Rodgers is a great running back who has proclaimed to put the team on his back. We have our hands full on the road, as always.

  • unbearable

    I can’t bear to watch this game. Halloween eve with Orange and black clad players and costumed fans. This stadium is going to be pumped up. This could be ugly for CAL.

  • BlueNGold

    Everyone expected Cal to get trounced by Arizona too. But they almost won that game, even though their offense did not score a TD. Cal can beat OSU if the defense plays the way it did against ‘zona and the offense plays like it did against ASU. If the team that shows up at OSU is the same one that played at USC, its going to be a long and ugly afternoon.