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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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