Here’s my vantage point today:
This will be Cal’s last game at Husky Stadium in its current configuration. Just like Memorial Stadium, Husky Stadium will be renovated next year and Washington will play its home games at Qwest Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks).
And the last game here for the Bears will be played in spectacular conditions. I’m sitting up here in the press box and it’s downright warm, something I’ve never experienced up here. There are no clouds in the sky right now and it looks as though it will be a beautiful afternoon here in Seattle.
One pregame note: Wide receiver Keenan Allen has been added to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, joining teammate Marvin Jones.
- Cal’s Pac-12 opener begins a brutal four-game stretch to open the conference season.
- Cal-Washington at a glance.
- Jon Wilner says a win today virtually assures Cal a bowl bid.
- Today’s game could be a battle for the No. 3 spot in the Pac-12 North.
- Washington feels good about how it matches up against Cal.
- A Cal-Washington matchup box.
- Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt is under the gun.
It looks like the Bears will be playing in some pretty spectacular conditions tomorrow. It was a beautiful day here today in Seattle and more of the same is expected Saturday.
Here are some links from today:
Jeff Tedford seemed pleased with Cal’s week of practice, especially because the Bears had to labor through a couple of unseasonably hot days.
“Tuesday and Wednesday were really hard,” Tedford said. “It was good, hot weather and we pushed through some really hard days. Now it’s time to focus in and get ready to play the game.”
Players aren’t available on Thursdays as the Bears wrap up their week of practice, but coaches still are. A few quick notes before a more thorough report later:
- Coach Jeff Tedford said Avery Sebastian should be available after missing the Presbyterian game. But special teamer/safety Michael Coley is out with a sprained foot.
- Tedford said NT Aaron Tipoti will play after missing the Presbyterian game with an ankle injury, but defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi said it would be a game time decision.
- Lupoi said freshman NT Viliama Moala is “earning more reps week by week.” He’ll probably play more Saturday, especially if Tipoti isn’t 100 percent healthy.
- Lupoi said even though Gabe King hasn’t played much yet — he didn’t get into the first two games at all — “by no means is it shut down that he won’t play this season. He’s competing and trying to get on the field each week.”
- Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said Alex Logan takes Coley’s spot at backup safety. Josh Hill remains the nickel back. Pendergast also said he’d like to start playing freshman Stefan McClure more. “I really like a lot of things Stef is doing,” Pendergast said. I’m trying to find ways to get him on the field. I think he’s a good football player.”
- Pendergast said outside linebacker Dave Wilkerson has been hounded by a bad ankle the past two weeks, and that’s the reason Ryan Davis moved into the starting lineup. Pendergast has hopes Wilkerson is completely healed, but wouldn’t commit to him being back in the starting lineup.
Blue Ribbon Yearbook has three Pac-12 Conference teams rated in its top-25, including the Golden Bears at No. 21. Arizona checks in at No. 10 and UCLA is No. 23.
Here’s the magazine’s full top-25:
BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK PRESEASON TOP 25
1. North Carolina
3. Ohio State
16. Texas A&M
17. Florida State
20. Michigan State
Wednesdays are the only day of the week that quarterback Zach Maynard is available to the media. Maynard obviously will be playing in his first Pac-12 game ever on Saturday at Washington. The Pac-10 wasn’t a conference he was very familiar with growing up in Greensboro, N.C.
Cal picked up its sixth oral commitment of the 2012 class when safety Zach Hoffpauir of Peoria, Ariz. pledged to the Bears. Hoffpauir is the 22nd-ranked safety in the country by rivals.com and No. 32 by scout.com. He hopes to play football and baseball for Cal.