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The predictions are split between Cal and Utah. This has the makings of an ugly game for both sides.
It's another toss-up game for the Bears.
Kevin Gemmell: Just when I start to put my faith in Cal, they rush for 3 yards. And Utah's defense is coming off probably its best game of the season against Oregon State. Recent history suggests Utah's second-half run starts now. Utah 17, Cal 10.
Ted Miller: It's gut-check time for both teams. The loser might kiss bowl hopes goodbye. We like the Bears to step up for Jeff Tedford. Cal 24, Utah 17.
– Cal at Utah, 6:45 p.m. (Pac-12 Bay Area): Can the Bears (3-5, 2-3) run the ball again? Can they survive the road? Will the Bear quit, will the Bear die? With a bowl bid fading from realistic view, this is a real test of a team’s will to hang with its coach. Coach Jeff Tedford and his players have had each other’s backs so far, but the defense-minded Utes (2-5, 0-4) won’t be easy-pickings. Cal 21, Utah 17.
CAL (pick) at UTAH: Much has changed since Cal’s decisive victory last season, including the location: Take Pullman out of the equation, and the Bears are 1-8 in league road games the past 2.5 years (the win:Tempe‘11). The weather – it should be 40-something degrees at kickoff – is less of a concern for Cal than the alignment of the Star. Pick: Utah.
|Score||Cal 20.5, Utah 21.7
||Cal 20.9, Utah 24.7||Cal 25.4, Utah 23.6|
Cal, 24-21 Cal, 28-17 Cal, 24-20 Utah, 17-13
Stick around to talk about the Clemson-Wake Forest and Tampa Bay-Minnesota games...or not. What happened to Pac-12 Thursdays?
- ESPN has a four-level rating of hot seats: going, (really) going, gone, and safe. Tedford is number 2 in the "(really) going" section, which is for coaches who desperately need wins to save their jobs.
- Athlon has a roundtable on whether or not Tedford should return in 2013. They generally struggle to find positive reasons to keep him around another year.
- Faraudo goes through the Bears' red zone performances this season. It's not for the faint of heart.
- CalBears.com checks in with Theo Robertson, who currently serves as the team's graduate manager.
- The Bears wrapped up a perfect fall schedule with a victory at Isleworth. This was the men's team's first unbeaten fall in school history.
- Ben McLachlan won the singles crown USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships and won the doubles crown with his brother Riki.
Track and Field
- Cal alumni Cherrelle Garrett and Tracey Stewart finished in the top-10 at the U.S. National Women's Bobsled Push Championships.
- Tony Salciccia was named Pac-12 Player of the Week.
- CalBears.com has a Q&A with the women's team about pregame rituals.