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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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Pac-12 Predictions: Week 10

Overall: [44-21] Last week: [2-4]

I was absolutely terrible last week, kind of like Cal’s offense and special teams.

Washington 17 – California 24: I have yet to predict against my Bears, so I’m not going to start now.

Stanford 48 – Colorado 17: Colorado, the only team worse than Cal right now.

Washington State 21 – Utah 31: Utah will continue their 2nd half run with a good fight against WSU.

Oregon 32 – USC 36: Game of the week. I’m going with the upset here. Matt Barkley to Woods and Lee all day.

Arizona 21 – UCLA 28: UCLA will play stout at home even against a powerful offense led by Matt Scott.

Arizona State 17 – Oregon Sate 28: Cody Vaz is starting, so as long as OSU’s defense shows up like usual they’ll get the W.

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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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Pac-12 Predictions: Week 9

Overall: [42-17] Last week: [4-1]

Huge games for UCLA, ASU and OSU, Washington. Can Cal bounce back from a terrible loss to rival Stanfurd?

Colorado 10 – Oregon 52: Another easy win for Oregon, and another sad loss for Colorado.

UCLA 32 – Arizona St. 37: I’m going with the home team on a last second touchdown for the win.

USC 48 – Arizona 34: Barkley will continue to get back into the Heisman race.

Washington St. 14 – Stanford 32: This should be an easy game for the Cardinals.

California 27 – Utah 24: If Cal can’t win here, bowl chances are extremely thin.

 Oregon St. 24 – Washington 7: Potential upset? I don’t think so. Not the way OSU’s defense has been playing compared to Washington’s Offense.

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It’s that time of the year again! The Big Game is here. But wait…isn’t it October still?

Feel’s weird, doesn’t it? The Pac-12 kinda screwed us a bit here but you know what, ready or not here it comes! The 115th Big Game and the 30th Anniversary of The Play. Two weeks ago, most of us thought Cal probably had no chance against Stanford but look now, a bunch of sports analysts say Cal is going to pull off the upset including BOTH of ESPN’s Pac-12 Blog Analysts. Uh oh, in the past few years when Cal had to live up to expectations it usually spelled DOOOOOOOM for us. Stanfurd’s offense has not shown up on the road where they have yet to score an offensive touchdown while Cal has looked pretty good the past couple weeks. “IT’S A TRAP!!!”. Remember all those games that Cal played where everyone was like “Oh yeah, the opposing team aren’t looking so hot right now. Cal should have a good chance of winning” and then Cal gets its ass kicked? I may be really pessimistic right now, but that’s the life of a Golden Bear.

So what does Cal need to focus on in order to win back the Axe?

  1. 3rd and Longs:            Cal needs to avoid 3rd and longs like the freaking plague. In the past couple games, Marcus Arroyo has done a great job of selecting the right plays for Maynard to manage on 1st and 2nd downs to allow us to open up the playbook on easy 3rd downs. However, look for Stanford’s Chase Thomas to bring the heat all game long to force Maynard to make those dumb decisions that we have seen in most of the first half of the season. On the flip side, Cal’s D needs to force 3rd and longs to force Nunes to make plays. He’s no Luck and as he has shown in Stanfurd’s losses, he is not very capable of making clutch plays on 3rd and longs. Pendergast will need the same formula that Washington and Notre Dame had on defense to make Nunes uneasy the entire game.
  2. Tight Ends:          Stanfurd has a great All-American Tight End in Zach Ertz  and potential future All-American Levine Toilolo. As it always has been since Harbaugh, the tight end has been used on pass plays extensively. Stanfurd’s tight end has been the top receiver for every game except for their first. The tight end was also one of the main reasons Cal lost last year against Stanfurd. Is Nick Forbes or Jalen Jefferson up to the task to prevent big plays from Zach Ertz? For Cal, we have a great tight end in Richard Rodgers, and I think it’s time for him to continue the Rodgers legacy during Big Games. Notre Dame did a pretty good job last week in keeping their tight end involved so Cal should do the same.
  3. Play-Makers:          We know who are playmakers are. Maynard and Tedford just has to get it to them. Anderson will most likely be used extensively to pound it hard on the Stanfurd Defense just like Shane Vereen did in 2009. Bigelow’s speed will create a lot of problems for Stanfurd if he can get into space. And of course, get that ball to Keenan Allen, unless he’s getting tripled team because Stanfurd will most definitely have at least two sets of eyes on him all game. For Stanfurd, it’s their tight ends and running back Stepfan Taylor. Cal’s front seven must be stout but also smart.
  4. Penalties:        Cal is still one of the worst teams in terms of penalties. Luckily, Cal’s offensive line only had one flag the entire game against WSU, which is outstanding. However, there were a lot of PIs (though many controversial) and dumb plays that Cal must cut back on in order to defeat Stanfurd.

Let’s get the AXE you Bears! Fans need a reason to rush the field this season and this is the perfect mid-season boost that the team needs! Go Bears! Let’s do this!!!!

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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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Pac-12 Predictions: Week 8

Overall: [38-16] Last week: [5-1]

It’s time for the Big Game…in October. A victory here for the Bears will push them in the right direction.

Oregon 42 – Arizona St. 37: This should be quite a game with fire power on both sides. However, I don’t see ASU being able to stop Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas

Stanford 20 – California 25: Does this score look familiar?

Colorado 14 – USC 48: USC will end this game by the end of the first half.

Washington 21 – Arizona 33: Big game for both teams, but Arizona was able to put up a lot of points against Stanford while Washington’s offense has been struggling.

Utah 17 – Oregon St. 27: The way OSU has been playing, it is hard to see Utah being able to deliver an upset.


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Cal Answers Call Against Wazzou

Kennan Allen takes the ball on a screen play

Cal fans can rejoice! It looks as if there’s one team Jeff Tedford can still beat. Since 2005, Cal has beaten Washington State every single year. Of course, the Cougars haven’t gone to a bowl game since 2003 (in which they beat Texas in the Holiday Bowl, something we couldn’t do) so I’m not sure if that’s something to be proud about. However, at the end of the day, it still counts as one important win in conference and it leaves us only 3 wins away from being bowl eligible! After 2010, Cal fans have learned now to take going to a bowl, even if it’s a Nut Bowl, for granted.
Overall, the Bears did pretty well on both sides of the ball. Getting revenge on Mike Leach is always sweet (after his quirky play-calling beat us in the 2004 Holiday Bowl). On offense it was a lot of ZM->KA (I guess we plan on riding KA21’s legs all the way through as we are on his last stretch of time as a Golden Bear). Personally, I would like to see more balance on offense. I’m glad to see we are using a 3-headed running game, but the passing game seems to go too horizontal at times instead of vertical. I understand Maynard’s limitations with his arm, but it would be awesome to get the TE game going and to see Bryce Treggs or Chris Harper with the ball in their hands in space.
Defense wise, Cal did a great job shutting down Jeff Tuel. Granted we knocked out Marquess Wilson, but Leach is a great schematic planner and Clancy did a great job preparing for this spread offense attack. We will be seeing more of it later against the Huskies and the Ducks. We had great penetration and pressure from the front 7, and our secondary is much improved lead by Avery Sebastian and Kam Jackson after the Ohio State debacle. Cal will get a difference test this next week as the Bears prep for the Big Game against Stanford and prepare for ground and pound. O yea, by the way, Taylor was definitely in the end-zone against Notre Dame. I know you shouldn’t put yourself in that kind of ambiguous situation on the road, but the Trees definitely got robbed.

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Not Looking Ahead

With the BIG win against UCLA last weekend, a ton of Cal fans are feeling really good about the team and looking TOO forward at our daunting schedule, which includes Stanford next weekend.

However, the Cal Bears just can’t afford to look ahead because you never know, this could be the weekend where Washington State’s quarterback finally clicks with the wide receivers.

Here are 2 things Washington State will test Cal on:

  1. Marquess Wilson & Co. vs Cal’s secondary: The Air Raid will constantly test whether our backs can go toe to toe against a pretty good set of wide receivers. However, a lot of aggressive attacks from our front line will help tremendously.
  2. Discipline: First of all, Cal has yet to really decrease the number of penalties they have been suffering, and Cal just can’t afford to do that on the road. Secondly, the Air Raid feasts on undisciplined defenses. One mistake could lead to a lot of yards for Washington State

Here are 2 things Cal will need to win:

  1. Winning the Front Lines: As we have seen from previous losses Washington State has suffered, whenever the opposing defense can at least rush the quarterback, Washington State can’t get anything going. Cal’s front seven will have to take advantage of that and get to their quarterback quickly. On the other side, if Cal’s offense line can somehow beat down on the opposing defense’s front seven (something Cal has not done this season) then Cal will have no problems scoring on the Cougars.
  2. Establishing the Run Game: The Cougars defensive plan is to force Maynard to get “involved” in the game to force him to make bad decisions. This means Cal will have to make sure they can establish a powerful run game, which was vital against the victory against UCLA. If the Cougars have to worry about Cal running all over them, all Maynard has to do is manage the game as he did against UCLA.

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Jason A. W.’s Pac-12 Predictions: Week 7

Overall: [33-15] Last week: [5-0]

2 big OOC games against Independents this week. Cal hopes to build on its momentum after the UCLA win.

Arizona St. 32 Colorado 21: Sun Devils have been playing well since the loss to Mizzou

Utah 31 – UCLA 21: I think Star and the D-Line will be able to stop the Bruin rushing attack.

Stanford 24 – Notre Dame 20: With Ty Montgomery out, Stanford will lose one of its weapons on the outside. But I expect great play from the Cardinal front 7. It would be nice if the Pac-12 can beat Notre Dame twice this year.

Oregon St 12 – BYU 21: BYU won in Corvallis last year and I expect them to do the same this year. Oregon State’s defense will need to come up HUGE (think Wisconsin) if they want an upset.

USC 35 – Washington 17: I’m sure the Trojans don’t need to be reminded what happened last time they went up to Seattle. Of course some guy named Barkley didn’t play.

California 45 – Washington St. 30: If Cal can’t keep the dominance over Wazzu (remember we let our foot off ASU), then I don’t know who we can claim to own anymore.