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Tony Gonzalez on Colin Cowherd


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Great interview, Tony gives his insight on Michael Sams and talks about how Cal enriched his education on and off the field at about 2:10. Makes a shout-out to the naked man/protests/homeless people. Too bad this couldn’t have been played before the 2014 recruiting class. Also says Aaron Rodgers is on the Mount Rushmore along with Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

“I loved my experience at Cal.”   – Go Bears

“One thing I learned at Berkeley is nothing is off the table.”


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Cal Alumni Football Update – Week 4


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ChrisConteChris Conte is one of nineteen NFL players to have played on every NFL snap this season. He had the interception that sealed the game, on Sunday Night Football, as well as another one during the middle of the 4th quarter which was extremely acrobatic and more than likely would have been challenged and overturned if the Bears weren’t up by 3 possessions at the time.

Alex Mack is looking for a huge payday next year. As all fantasy pundits know, Trent Richardson is gone so the holes might be harder to open on run plays. In a league where centers are starting to be recognized as being important when it comes to picking up blitzes and during audibles, the Browns are definitely fearful Mack might leave. Mack anchors a solid O-Line alone with Pro Bowler Joe Thomas and Cal Alumni Mitchell Schwartz.

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Bryan Anger unfortunately has been punting a lot for the Jaguars this year. The Jaguars beat writers have noted his punts this year have more resembled line drivers and haven’t hung as much. This allowed the Raiders to return an early kickoff and get an early touchdown against the Jaguars in a winnable game. However Anger did make the Sporting News best under 25 list.

Jeremy Ross was cut by the Packers because of a key fumble early in the game against Cincinnati which put the Packers down 14 before Aaron Rodgers even touched the ball. I’m sure Jeremy can find himself back on some roster especially if a GM remembers this highlight or this one.


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Uncle Ted / Uncle Kevin Question


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I submitted a question to Uncle Ted and Uncle Kevin @ the ESPN Pac-12 blog. Hopefully it gets answered. I re-posted it below, hopefully it will get answered! Here’s a link to previous post of mine that made it to ESPN.

 

Ted – After the Wisconsin/ASU referee debacle, I’m wondering how the referee/replay crew/ball is agreed upon for a game. For example, the past weekend during the Cal game, I saw a Cal football being used for a game in Berkeley. However in Lincoln, Nebraska, UCLA was using its own ball with Pac-12 refs with Big-10 replay officials. Thanks.

 

 


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Cal will need Bigelow to blow by OSU in order to win


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Our biggest weapon needs to run wild today if our Golden Bears are to have any chance of upsetting the #4 Buckeyes. Pretty amazing last year’s coaching staff was only able to put the ball into his hands 4 times, but I expect Sonny to run him 25+ times today in our Bear Raid. A lot of the front 7 for OSU from last year is in the NFL right now, and the unit probably hasn’t seen much action in their blowout wins against SDSU and Buffalo this season. Regardless, it’s a talented front, and if Bigelow is able to get into the open field, it should open up some down-field passing lanes for Goff later in the game. The one good news for the Bears is that there doesn’t appear to much of a dropoff when Khalifani Muhammad or Daniel Lasco enters the game.


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Pac-12 Predictions Week 1


Utah State @ Utah: Utah plays two in-state games against underrated “Mid-major” and “Independent” teams. Utah State almost beat Wisconsin and Auburn on the road the past two years. I believe Utah pulls this off at home. Utah State 21– Utah 27

USC @ Hawaii: USC sure loves playing Hawaii on the islands (remember you see get to schedule an extra game). This is the 3rd time in 10 years USC has opened against the Rainbow Warriors. USC 35 – Hawaii 21

Northern Arizona @ Arizona: In case anyone is wondering, there’s a clause Arizona documents that forces ASU or Arizona to play Nothern Arizona every year. Northern Arizona 13 – Arizona 42

Nicholls State @ Oregon: Some walk ons might get on the field. Nicholls St 10 – Oregon 63

Eastern Washington @ Oregon State: Colin Cowherd’s alma matter. Eastern Washington 3 – Oregon State 55

Washington State @ Auburn: Interesting that Jeff Tuel is starting for the Bills in week one in the NFL yet was challenged by Connor Holliday on a weekly basis last year. Go figure. Would love to see the Cougs pull of a win here but I think the O-Line of Auburn will be too strong. Both teams finished 3-9 last year. Washington State 27 – Auburn 31

Nevada @ UCLA: I’m so sick of California losing to Nevada (Packers/Niners). Nevada 13 – UCLA 35

Boise State @ Washington: Washington won last time back in 2007. Would be a big win for the Pac-12. Washington 24 – Boise State 21

Colorado @ Colorado State: Colorado has been absolutely atrocious ever since joining the Pac-12 but a new coach and season along with the return of Paul Richardson should energize the Buffalos. Colorado 21 – Colorado State 10


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


Overall: [52-25] Last week: [5-1]

It’s been leaked by some pretty reliable sources this will be Tedford’s last game. I wish this game was at home so we could give him the proper sendoff he deserves. It’s only fitting his last game would be against the Beavers who have been the perennial thorns on our butts.

Washington 48 – Colorado 27: So why did we invite Colorado into the conference to begin with?

Washington State 22 – Arizona State 45:  ASU is my sleeper team for next year.

USC 38- UCLA 21: I really want to pick UCLA, but I think USC finds a way to pull it out again this year.

Stanford 25 – Oregon 45: Andrew Luck couldn’t win here and neither will a backup QB.

Arizona 31 – Utah 35: Utah hasn’t looked good of late, but SLC is a pretty tough place to play.

California 28 – Oregon State 31: The score of probably the most painful game I’ve ever attended in my life.


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Jason A. W.’s Pac-12 Week 11 Predictions


Overall: [47-24] Last week: [5-1]

The good news is that I’m one game behind Shawn now

Colorado 14 – Arizona 38: Arizona will probably run up the point total. Rich Rod can coach.

Arizona State 27 – USC 42: There have been some pretty entertaining games this year. USC losing last year in Tempe was kind of a weird game. I still can’t get over this interception.

Oregon State 27 – Stanford 21: I think Oregon State has too much speed on the outside for Stanford to contain. Plus we’ve seen more from Cody Vaz than we’ve seen from Stanford’s backup QB.

Oregon 52 – California 14: I won’t even try to pick an upset. I’ll be happy if we can cover the 28 point spread.

UCLA 28 – Washington State 13: UCLA might be able to legitimately make the Pac-12 Championship game this year, but they need to win in Pullman first.

Utah 21 – Washington 24: I really have no feeling on this game so I’m going with the hometown team.


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Jason A.W.’s Pac-12 Week 10 Predictions


Overall: [42-23] Last week: [3-3]

Washington 14 – California 22: I predict a low scoring game. Hopefully can get revenge for To$h as well as the bowl streak ending two years ago. A big win on the national spotlight on Friday night might bring second life into the program.

Stanford 28 – Colorado 17: Stanford is going to be begin musical chairs but should take care of the Buffs.

Washington State 14 – Utah 34: I think Utah is a team to watch down the stretch in the Pac-12.

Oregon 35 – USC 26: Been looking forward to this game for a while. The shine has been wiped off a bit because of USC’s two losses but this should be entertaining none the less.

Arizona 23 – UCLA 48: UCLA win for the California is starting to look more and more like a blip on both sides.

Arizona State 17 – Oregon Sate 24: Corvallis is a tough place to play. Just ask USC or Cal.


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Jason A. W.’s Pac-12 Week 9 Weekly Predictions


Overall: [39-20] Last week: [3-2]

Colorado 20 – Oregon 42: Probably another win by halftime for Oregon with lots of experience time for their 2nd and 3rd stringers

UCLA 32 – Arizona St. 45: Would love to pick the “upset” here but I can see the Bruins just toil towards the end of the season.

USC 38 – Arizona 24: Arizona plays USC pretty tough usually but the Trojans probably have too much on offense.

Washington St. 24 – Stanford 42: Stanford probably has too much talent inside to run the ball, and Jeff Tuel passing 50 times isn’t going to beat Stanford.

California 22 – Utah 23: If Aaron Rodgers couldn’t win here, I have a hard time believing Zach Maynard will be able to.

 Oregon St. 33 – Washington 30: Reverse score of a fun game between these two programs 12 years ago with BCS implications on both sides.


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Jason A. W’s Pac-12 Predictions: Week 8


Overall: [36-16] Last week: [3-3]

Bad week for me last week. Stupid refs screwed Stanford over and now I’m officially a buyer on Oregon State.

Oregon 45 – Arizona St. 34: Remember the last time Oregon went into the state of Arizona with a #2 ranking? Ouch. Yes that was the game where Dennis Dixon pulled his ankle and Oregon which was rolling at the time, lost their chance at a BCS shot. O yea, Cal was the only team to beat Oregon with a healthy Dixon that year.

Stanford 28 – California 34: Does this score look familiar? JT, go for a touchdown this time instead of a field goal down 3 8 yards away from the end zone!

Colorado 15 – USC 48: One of these games Matt Barkley is due to explode. I have a feeling it will be this one.

Washington 34– Arizona 23: Going with the upset here. I believe Washington’s defense will be able to stop Matt Scott and the spread option for a win down in the desert.

Utah 32 – Oregon St. 35: I expect the Beavers to squeak out a victory here. Pretty exiting end to an OSU-Utah game right here in 2008 where Oregon State actually played the Beavers tougher than Alabama that season.

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