Here’s my notebook following Cal’s weekly press conference.
The Bears are eager to face USC after a loss at Ohio State that left them disappointed but encouraged.
Recent history doesn’t suggest good things. Cal has dropped its past eight meetings with the Trojans.
Cal faces a USC team coming off a 21-14 loss at Stanford that dropped the Trojans 11 spots to No. 13 in this week’s Associated Press Top-25. The loss also prompted coach Lane Kiffin to offer some criticism of quarterback Matt Barkley, who threw interceptions on back-to-back pass attempts.
Barkley, who never has beaten Stanford, said the criticism was warranted and he welcomed it.