ESPN.com gives Cal’s schedule a nod as the 10th-toughest in the land. But the Bears have just the second-most challenging schedule among teams in the Pac-12, with Washington checking in at No. 3 on the list.
Notre Dame, whose schedule includes road games against Michigan State, Oklahoma and USC, home games against Michigan and Stanford, and a matchup vs. Miami at Chicago’s Soldier Field, sits atop the list. Yeah, no kidding.
Elsewhere . . .
— The Reno Gazette-Journal profiles San Leandro High grad Lenny Jones, who will make his college debut as a starting defensive end for the Wolf Pack at Cal on Saturday.
— A billboard near the UCLA campus promoting USC quarterback Matt Barkley was stripped or blacked out — and no one is taking responsibility for it.