Golden Nuggets: Prediction Thursday


Once again, our good friend Ted Miller picks us to win.

California 24, UCLA 20: You know that old girlfriend or boyfriend you kept going back to even though he or she did you wrong? Oh, Cal, will this time you be true? On a substantive level, it's a concern for UCLA that linebacker Reggie Carter is nursing a sprained knee when Jahvid Best is coming to town, and the Bruins' offense seems further away from a transformation to efficiency than the Bears. Of course, Cal never wins in L.A., so feel free to disagree with this one. 

By a range of three to fifteen points, all five experts at CBS Sports predict Cal will win.

John Tamahana finally predicts a Cal victory: 24-9

Is this the week the Golden Bears finally reacquaint themselves with the end zone, a place they haven’t visited in nearly a month? Might that happen on the same day and field that the offensively-challenged Bruins find themselves a quarterback? Probably not.

The former is much more likely than the latter.

Much to Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow's chagrin, placekicker Kai Forbath is a stone-cold lock to be selected as UCLA's 2009 offensive MVP.

After the jump I have an awful, awful, miserable weather forecast for Saturday's game (94°, 30-40% humidity), practice notes (everyone is getting healthy again!), articles on the UCLA matchup (we might steal a recruit with a big win), and much more.

  • It's going to be a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad 94° day (with 30-40% humidity) in Pasadena on Saturday.
  • JO says Boateng, Tucker, and Summers-Gavin were all back practicing at full capacity yesterday.
  • Ted Miller describes how Cal and UCLA are both wounded, but hoping to turn their seasons around with a win Saturday.  Pillow fight!
  • Sleeping, studying plays, bonding, and video gaming are some of the activities the Bears hope to do to pass the time on their bus ride to Pasadena today.  Tedford said getting his first win in Southern California "would be a nice feather in this team's cap."
  • Running back Lache Seastrunk will be at the game for his official visit to UCLA.  He is also considering Cal among other schools, so a strong performance will reflect doubly well on Cal.
  • No. 14 women's volleyball heads up to AtQ territory to take on No. 15 Oregon and OSU.
  • No. 17 women's soccer hosts No. 3 UCLA and No. 9 USC this weekend.
  • Women's tennis heads up to the St Mary's Invitational this weekend.
  • Women's swimming and diving will be in San Diego this weekend for a relay event with SDSU and an exhibition today with UCSD.
  • No. 10/13 men's soccer takes on No 2/4 UCLA and SDSU this weekend.
  • Women's basketball holds its first practice of the year on Friday.
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