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

I’m projecting a 9-3 week for the Pac-12 this weekend. Not bad but not great. Obviously I hope I’m wrong and the Pac-12 goes 12-0. The Pac-12 play 3 teams from the WAC, including two which are considered upper echelon (Nevada being the other, and they play Oregon next week). The Pac-12 actually had a losing record against the WAC last year (0-2), granted they were against Nevada and Boise State on the road.

Montana St. (FCS) 10 – Utah 35: Montana State is an FCS team. They put a scare into Washington State last year losing 22-23, but Utah should win easy.

UC Davis (FCS) 10- Arizona State 48: UC-Davis opens up against another Pac-10/12 school this year. Arizona State uses this as a tune up game for the big showdown against Mizzou next week.

Minnesota (Big-10) 17 – USC 28: USC won pretty handily last year 32-21, but Lane Kiffin is still worried about overconfidence.

UCLA 27 – Houston (Conference USA) 45: UCLA won pretty handily last year 31-13 knocking out Case Keenam for the year when they were up 21-3. The Cougars will definitely be hungry for revenge.
Sacramento St. (FCS) 7 – Oregon St 30: The Beavers should handle Sacramento State with ease.
San Jose State 14 (WAC) – Stanford 45: The Andrew Luck Heisman Tour gets off to a fast start as Luck will be given a chance to pad his stats early in the year.
Idaho St 13 (FCS) – Washington St 21: The last 5 years, Wazzou’s opening games have included : @Auburn, @Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Stanford, and @Oklahoma State. Needless to say, this is a definite breather for a team looking to break out of the cellar this year.
E. Washington 16 (FCS) – Washington 41: Eastern Washington was the 2010 FCS Champions and the Huskies are breaking in Keith Price at QB but should still win easily. Eastern Washington doesn’t play as well off the red carpet.
Oregon 24 – LSU (SEC) 27: Trust me. I want to select Oregon. But the 3 large marquee games (Boise State, Ohio State, Auburn) which allowed for ample preparation for the spread option has resulted in (8, 17, 19) points for the Duck’s offense which means the Ducks would have to rely on their defense which now doesn’t have Casey Matthews, Kenny Rowe and Cliff Harris (1 game suspention). Yes, I know about the distractions and them missing their starting QB and #1 receiver Russell Shepard, but a lot of people believe and wanted Jarrett Lee to start over Jordan Jefferson and the pseudo “home-field” will put the Tigers over the top if I was a betting man.  LSU has not lost the Pac-10 since 1979 so please Oregon do us all a favor and win!!!
Northern Arizona 10 (FCS) –  Arizona 41: Nick Foles and Juron Criner’s aerial attack goes on full display before a huge game against #9 Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens next week.
Colorado 21 – Hawaii 39 (WAC): Hawaii is very tough to beat on the islands. Colorado won 31-13 last year. Ironically this game (because it’s being played in Hawaii) may damage the Buffalo’s bowl chances since they need 7 wins on a 13 game schedule to qualify for a bowl game.
Fresno St. 14 (WAC) – California 24: California relies heavily on defense and the running game while breaking in Zach Maynard.

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Shawn X.T.’s Pac-12 Predictions: Week 1

This week 8 Pac-12 teams play at home, 2 on the road, and 2 on neutral sites. I’m predicting that the Pac-12 will go 10-2 this week with losses from UCLA and Colorado.

Montana St. 7 – Utah 42: Covers spread (28)

UC Davis 10- Arizona State 48: Covers spread (35.5)

Minnesota 10 – USC 38: Covers spread (23.5)

UCLA 16 – Houston 34: Covers spread (3)

Sacramento St. 10 – Oregon St 52: Covers spread (28.5)

San Jose State 14 – Stanford 45: Covers spread (30)

Idaho St 13 – Washington St 31: Doesn’t cover spread (29)

E. Washington 14 – Washington 27: Doesn’t cover spread (19)

Oregon 50 – LSU 42: Covers spread (1.5)

Northern Arizona 17 –  Arizona 38: Doesn’t cover spread (28.5)

Colorado 17 – Hawaii 42: Covers spread (7)

Fresno St 7 – California 38: Covers spread (10)

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Shawn X.T.’s Weekday Links!

Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it. ~ Heywood Hale Brown

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[NFL 2011 Preseason Week 3] – Cal Alumni Position Battles

Week 3 of “fake football” is now over. We’ll look over some progress and news some Golden Bears are making in the NFL.

Desmond Bishop returns a pick-6 at the expense of Brett Favre.

Desmond Bishop has no fear of the Philadelphia Eagle’s dream team. Bishop as you recalled made a game saving tackle against former roommate and teammate DeSean Jackson on in week 1 of the playoffs. Bishop last year made the most of injuries to Brandon Chillar and Nick Barnett to secure a starting linebacker position and a new extension and is determined to be the best.

Scott Fujita has again secured the strong side linebacker position. Fujita has been impressed with the performance of the defense which included holding Michael Vick in check. The Browns have been a sexy sleeper pick to break out here and here.

Mike Gibson warms up before a preseason game

Mike Gibson has been battling injuries all preseason but is likely to still receive a spot on the team. Gibson won the tackle spot and started for the playoff game against the Saints and Bears. Gibson has also also been taking snaps at center backing up former Oregon star Max Unger.

Matt Giordano is projected not to make the final 53-man roster for the Oakland Raiders. It’s possible that since there have been a lot of injury issues at the safety position, he might sneak in the cut and not join fellow Golden Bear Derrick Hill as a Raider roster casualty.

Mike Mohamed makes a tackle against running back Thomas Clayton

Mike Mohamed is on the radar for a backup linebacker position and play on special teams due to his reputation as a hard worker. Woody Paige believes Mohamed will make the 53-man roster.

Mike Tepper played on the second team for the Colts in their preseason game against the Packers but hasn’t really shown enough according to this columnist to warrant a backup role. I’m sure he’s relieved he doesn’t have to don this haircut again.

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Practice Updates – Tuesday 8/30

This post will be updated when any additional media articles on Cal’s practices are posted.

  • Aaron Tipoti is back in full pads
  • Clay had some part in contact drills while Maurice Harris still needs a little more time to recover
  • RB Brendan Bigelow will most likely redshirt this season

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At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football, to knock someone down, that was what the sport was all about, the will to win closely linked with. ~ George Plimpton