Arizona 35, California 24: Bears will show some fight but, Arizona is rested and has been consistent on both sides of the ball throughout the season.
Citing Arizona's impressive play on both sides of the ball (including their stout O-line which has only allowed 4 sacks), Feldman predicts a 35-28 win for Arizona.
John Tamahana predicts a 24-20 Arizona victory. Holding that offense to 24 points would be a victory in itself.
After the jump I have a tidbit on Best visiting practice, injury updates (Hill and MSG are probable), Arizona's preparation for the wildcat, recap and analysis of the win over Detroit, looks ahead to the weekend in Cal sports, and more.
- Best visited campus for the first time since his injury. He may or may not be on the sidelines Saturday, depending on how he feels. Good news: Matt Summers-Gavin and Derrick Hill look like they'll return this weekend. Anthony Miller should return next weekend against Stanford. In some surprising news on the defense: Gregory is replacing Hill with Bryant Nnabufie. Kendricks and Hagan should see more playing time this weekend. Hagan wasn't on the field for a single snap last weekend.
- Arizona has been focused on preparing to take on the Cal's Wildcat. Stoops says his defense has to be disciplined and stick to their assignments without overcommitting. With Vereen leading the wildcat, perhaps Cal will try more passing out of the formation.
- Growing up the youngest of six children, Sean Cattouse learned the importance of asserting himself when he was young. Compared to many on the team, the sophomore is still young, but he has assumed a vocal role already. Cattouse (or Cat-house, as many uninformed announcers like to call him) provides "uplifting words" as he encourages his teammates and reminds them of their assignments.
- Farudo's game thread is a good recap of last night's 95-61 win over Detroit. After letting Detroit hang around for about 25 minutes, Randle and co decisively put the game away, outscoring them 55-25 over the last seventeen minutes. Farudo recaps the game in a CCTimes story. After two games in which Cal let its lead wax and wane, Monty says "We've just got to get the killer instinct, we've got to be able to put the foot on the throat."
- From Zhang to Robertson, Farudo seemed really impressed with Cal's performance in his post-game thoughts.
- SFGate recaps the game, focusing on the play of big men MSF and Zhang.
- Monty quietly brought in the 17th-ranked recruiting class, consisting of three guards and a forward.
- Boyle brought in an impressive recruiting class of her own, ranking 7th in the nation and consisting of three guards.
- Boyle's crew tips off the season against Idaho State this Sunday.
- Softball brought in four recruits.
- Women's volleyball signed two star prospects out of Texas.
- No. 2 men's water polo takes its seven-game winning streak into a home match against no. 15 Pacific, then visits no. 13 Santa Clara.
- No. 12 women's volleyball holds its last home match of the year, against Oregon State and no. 16 Oregon.