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Jason A.W.’s Pac-12 Predictions: Week 1


Hmmm not a  lot of exciting games I’d say 11-1 is an absolute must. But I’ll copy Shawn and go 12-0!

  • Northern Colorado 6 – Utah 28: Jordan Wynn should have an easy comeback debut
  • UCLA 28 – Rice 12: Let the Brett Hundley and Jim Mora Jr. era begin!
  • Washington State 43 – BYU 32: I hope Wazzu can stop someone on defense. BYU has 3 Pac-12 games this year. This is probably the biggest statement game for the conference this week.
  • Northern Arizona 12 – Arizona State 41: Arizona mandates ASU and Arizona swap playing Northern Arizona every year.
  • San Jose State 10 – Stanford 38: The post Andrew Luck era begins with an easy win against probably the worst team in FBS play.
  • Nevada 17 – California 31: Remember Reno 2010!
  • Nicholls State 24 – Oregon State 27: Hopefully Oregon State isn’t looking ahead to Wisconsin again this year.
  • Colorado State 20 – Colorado 24: Neutral site game, I’m glad this rivalry still holds.
  • Hawaii 3 – USC 42: Does it seem as if USC plays Hawaii almost every freaking year?
  • Toledo 21 – Arizona 41: The rubber match of a 3 game series which Arizona has won twice including most recently at Toledo two years ago.
  • San Diego State 21 – Washington 35: SDSU probably went below the radar before last season’s thrilling bowl game, but Washington probably has too much offense.
  • Arkansas State 10 – Oregon 70: Too bad Oregon wasn’t playing Arkansas and Tennessee instead of Arkansas State and Tennessee Tech. Everybody loses. Keep in mind Georgia backed out of a home-home series against the Ducks.


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Pac-12 Predictions: Week 1


Finally the season is here! The only exciting two games are probably WSU vs BYU and the Nevada vs Cal game.

I’m predicting that the Pac-12 will go 12-0 on opening week!

  • Northern Colorado 10 – Utah 38: Utah will take care of business. Easy win.
  • UCLA 41 – Rice 14 : UCLA will have a big day from redshirt freshman Brett Hundley against a cupcake team.
  • Washington State 45 – BYU 38: This will be an entertaining offensive game where WSU’s Coach Mike Leach will show off his trademark air raid.
  • Northern Arizona 17 – Arizona State 28: ASU might come out of the gate a little sluggish but will get the job done.
  • San Jose State 10 – Stanford 32: I am now thinking that 10 points for San Jose State may be too much.
  • Nevada 16 – California 42: Cal is back at Memorial and so will Tedford’s offense from six years ago.
  • Nicholls State 20 – Oregon State 31: No ridiculous FCS upset for Oregon State this time.
  • Colorado State 21 – Colorado 28: Colorado will win a close one with a couple clutch plays in the fourth quarter.
  • Hawaii 17 – USC 52: Hawaii will have no chance against #1 ranked USC.
  • Toledo 21 – Arizona 31: Toledo might give Arizona a little scare in the beginning but the Wildcats will take over.
  • San Diego State 21 – Washington 27: SDSU will give its all against the Huskies but Washington QB Keith Price will make sure his team gets the victory.
  • Arkansas State 17 – Oregon 63: Oregon’s second team offense and defense will start playing by the middle of the second quarter.


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3 Days Until Game Day!


Only three more days until Game Day Bear Fans! I’m barely keeping my pants on with this much excitement! With only three days left until kickoff, let’s look at three things to look forward to:

1. The Re-Opening of Memorial Stadium

Starting off with the most obvious to look forward to: Memorial Stadium. Take a look at video and photo tours of Memorial Stadium on californiagoldenblogs.com and bearinsider.com. Fans have been waiting years for this to happen (made worse by the whole tree-sitting protestors). Some changes people will notice are the amazing media box/luxury suites sitting above the west rim of the stadium, the ESP seats on the west side, the new aluminum seats replacing the old wooden benches, the sunken field (about 4 feet lower than the old field), the new turf, and of course the multimillion dollar Student Athletic High Performance Center. Fans should come early to take photos and take in the opening ceremony environment.

2. The Impact Freshmen

There are three freshmen starting against Nevada this Saturday: OG Jordan Rigsbee, P Cole Leninger, and WR Bryce Treggs. Look for Rigsbee to tear down Nevada’s defensive line, opening up big holes for our talented running backs. Cole Leninger doesn’t quite have the same BOOM as Bryan Anger but he will definitely be a quality punter for the Bears. At wide receiver, Bryce Treggs will be looking to become DeSean Jackson 2.0 with his elite speed and amazing footwork. Other freshmen in the two deep include WR Chris Harper, WR Maurice Harris, DE Todd Barr, ILB Jalen Jefferson,  and OLB Nathan Broussard. Look for all these freshmen make their mark this coming Saturday.

3. Revenge

In 2010, Colin Kaepernick and the Nevada Wolfpack shocked the Bears 52-31 with their dangerous pistol offense. Last season, UCLA shocked Cal with their own version of the pistol. However, the Cal defense will be much more disciplined for the first game of the season especially with senior linebacker Robert Mullins (who played in the loss against Nevada) as a leader on defense. Also, it just happens to be that Nevada is 0-10 on season openers against BCS foes.


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Fan Appreciation Day Tomorrow 8/25!


Fan Appreciation Day is tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 25)  from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. This year’s event will be held at Haas Pavilion and on Spieker Plaza located on Bancroft Way just east of Fulton Street in Berkeley.

Current season-ticket holders can pick up their 2012 Cal ticket lanyard at the event, with the first 500 season-ticket holders in attendance also receiving a Fan Appreciation Day poster pre-signed by coach Tedford and Keenan Allen, and free soup from San Francisco Soup Company.
Make sure to bring sharpies, bottles of water, sunscreen, and a big smile!


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Cal Football’s Depth Chart Against Nevada is Out!


Offense

WR  Keenan Allen
    Chris Harper
LT  Tyler Rigsbee
    Bill Tyndall
LG  Jordan Rigsbee
    Alejandro Crosthwaite
C   Brian Schwenke
    Chris Adcock
RG  Chris Adcock
    Geoffrey Gibson
RT  Matt Summers-Gavin
    Matt Williams
TE  Richard Rodgers
    Spencer Hagen
WR  Bryce Treggs
    Maurice Harris
QB  Zach Maynard
    Allen Bridgeford
    Austin Hinder
FB  Eric Stevens
    Dasarte Yarnway
TB  Isi Sofele
    C.J. Anderson

Defense

DE  Aaron Tipoti
    Todd Barr
NG  Kendrick Payne
    Viliami Moala
DE  Deandre Coleman
    Keni Kaufusi
OLB Chris McCain
    Dan Camporeale
ILB Robert Mullins
    Nick Forbes
ILB J.P. Hurrell
    Jalen Jefferson
OLB Brennan Scarlett
    Nathan Broussard
CB  Marc Anthony
    Adrian Lee
S   Josh Hill
    Michael Lowe
S   Alex Logan
    Tyre Ellison
CB  Steve Williams
    Kameron Jackson


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Pac-12 Network Launches, But Not For Everyone


The Pac-12 Network launched last night to the excitement of many fans. This Network is supposed to bring millions of dollars of revenue to the conference and what’s even better is that the Pac-12 does not share revenue with anyone else unlike the Big Ten Network where Fox would receive 51% of profits.

However, the problem with the network right now is that it is only available to those with Comcast, Time Warner, Cox or BrightHouse. There haven’t been any serious talk about partnering with the satellite providers nor AT&T U-verse. That’s a lot of viewers folks, which means that the Pac-12 (which includes Cal) will lose out on millions of dollars in revenue.

Some additional features that would be cool would be if people without cable could subscribe to an online stream. I would definitely pay for a Pac-12 Network online stream rather than buying an entire cable package. Of course this idea is somewhat “revolutionary”, so I doubt this would happen anytime soon. There have been some talks about Pac-12 Network partnering with Apple TV or Google TV. Now that would be very cool and realistic possibility. It would definitely be worth your money especially if you are on a budget.

For now, if you are deprived of the Pac-12 Network you’re gonna have to find a good friend who has it or an awesome sports bar.

And for those who does have the Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, or BrightHouse, but don’t know what channel it is here is a good tool.


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Go Behind the Scenes at Cal!


From Berkeley Media:

 

Cal Bears Productions takes a behind the scenes look at 2012 training camp

Back in Berkeley Debuts Thursday

 

BERKELEY – The first of four episodes of “Back in Berkeley: Training Camp with Cal Football” will debut Thursday on CalBears.com and YouTube.com/calathletics. The show is documenting the team’s 2012 training camp and will give viewers an inside look at the Golden Bears as they prepare for their return to Memorial Stadium. Get to know your Cal football team like you never have before and beyond what you see on the field with behind the scenes access and exclusive interviews with players, coaches and staff.

The show is produced by Cal Bears Productions, the in-house video production group of Cal Athletics’ Creative Services unit. Watch Cal Bears Productions content on calbears.comyoutube.com/calathletics, and the new video board at Memorial Stadium and Haas Pavilion. The exclusive content is designed to keep fans informed, energized and engaged with their California Golden Bears.

 

 

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Fall Practice Day #1 & #2 Highlights


The day has finally come! And Fall camp has started very well for freshman Bryce Treggs.
One of the main questions this fall was whether any of the freshmen wide receivers were going to step up into the depth chart. Bryce Treggs immediately proved that he was here to play. Here’s a bit from Jim McGill’s Report:

Two of the most-anticipated freshman didn’t disappoint with early entrant Zach Kline continuiing the promising development shown in spring practice and Bryce Treggs, who electrified the small crowd with speed, moves and hands reminiscent of, dare I say it, DeSean Jackson, who also wore #1 during is days in Berkeley.

On one play in particular, Treggs put a move on safety Michael Coley, who’s back and healthy, leaving Coley in the dust after biting on a fake before Treggs hauled in a pass from Bridgford.

At receiver, besides Treggs, redshirt frosh Maurice Harris looks like a real weapon. Big and strong, with amazingly long arms, most defenders will be helpless trying to defend jump balls or anything high against the sure-handed Harris.

Another good bet besides Treggs to play right away as a true frosh is 6-3/212 Darius Powe, who already possesses a pro body.

Powe displayed good hands and an ability to find the seam well and much like Harris, has long arms and the ability to go up for balls the defense can’t reach.

Other frosh receivers Chris Harper, Kenny Lawler and Cedric Dozier also showed flashes of their athleticism, as well.

This is will be very important for second year starter Zach Maynard because his brother Keenan Allen will most likely be double teamed every play. With options like Bryce Treggs and Maurice Harris, the opposing offense will have to second guess having to double team Keenan.
Other pointers from Day 1:

  • Joel Willis is back to cornerback after playing wide receiver during Spring Ball
  • Geoffrey Gibson has filled in as starting guard in place of injured Dominc Galas
  • Freshman Cole Leininger was bombing punts for over 50+ yards
  • Eric Stevens is finally back after suffering a torn ACL forcing him to miss all of last season
  • Mustafa Jailil looks as fierce as ever and will definitely receive his fair share of playing time this season

Training Camp Practice #1

 

Day 2 notes:
This day was mostly for a few team sessions, 7-on-7s, and taking photos. Also, Penn State transfer Khairi Fortt got into Berkeley around 3 in the morning. Fortt has not had much cardio in the past few months because of injury so not only will he have to get up to speed with the defensive playbook but also up to speed physically.

 

On the second day of camp Tedford inserted some new plays for the offense; unfortunately, this means another learning curve for the players. Tedford said, “Offense was a little rusty today, but that’s typical of how camp goes, you know, with installation of plays…there was still a lot of excitement and people playing hard, that wasn’t the issue – you install a very minimal package going in on the first day, and every day there’s just more that goes in. So, when people are thinking, then the execution drops off a little bit. Once you force feed all the installation, … and you come back and do it again, they sharpen up the execution.”

  • Austin Clark will be out with a broken bone in his foot. He will be out for up to a month.
  • Khairi Fortt has yet to practice. He has a patella problem so he may not immediately go into contact drills
  • Stefan McClure is still recovering and will most likely miss out on Fall Camp. There is a possibility that he may redshirt.

 

 

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Fall Camp Starts TOMORROW 8/4!


With camp starting this Saturday what reports should we keep an eye on?

 

1. The young talent at WR

The spring depth chart shows no backups behind Keenan Allen and Maurice Harris. Let’s see what the new touted freshmen receivers can do this camp. Even if these young receivers aren’t eye-droppingly amazing, Tedford will still be forced to play them simply because of our lack of depth. Let’s just hope someone steps up in a big way.

 

2. Development at TE

This offseason Tedford took some notes out of Bill Belichick’s tight end formations. This means that we may see a lot of both Richard Rodgers and Spencer Hagan this coming season. What will be important to take note during camp is whether Maynard actually throws to them, forcing the defense to be on their toes. Just seeing Rodgers’ size and athletic ability this past year, he may very well become a star for the Golden Bears.

 

3. Who is in the mix at Offensive Line

With Dominic Galas out for a few months with a torn pectoral muscle a new starter will have to fill in immediately. Right now Chris Adcock has been inked in to replace Galas; however, there will be other players that will definitely have their chance to step in. Every offensive lineman will have a chance at that guard position. Let’s just hope Coach Michalczik has a few magic tricks up his sleeve.

 

4. Will our Special Teams perform

Cal’s special teams has already been questionable last season, and with both Georgio Tavecchio and Bryan Anger gone, Cal will really need the new starters to step up. Vince D’Amato and Cole Leninger will most likely fill in at kicker and punter, respectively. Keenan Allen will most likely start as the punt returner, which slightly worries me because one bad block could mean a season ending injury for our star player.

 

5. Defense

Not as many questions here besides if newly transferred Khairi Fortt will break into the depth chart and who will play safety alongside Josh Hill. There should be a lot of sophomores and redshirt freshmen trying to fight for playing time.

 

6. Quarterback

Obviously a position everyone will keep an eye on. With Maynard going into his second year as a starter, how much will he develop mentally and physically? Also, will Zach Kline contend with Allan Bridgeford as the backup quarterback?

 

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