There's not much interest in predicting this week's game. I doubt there's even much interest from many Cal fans following last week's disaster. Will attendance break 50k this week?
Southern Utah at Cal, noon (Pac-12 Networks): The Thunderbirds, playing a Pac-12 opponent for the first time, feature quarterback Brad Sorensen, a 6-foot-5 one-time BYU signee, who attracted six NFL scouts to Southern Utah’s season opener. Of course, everyone looks pretty good to the Bears in the wake of their 31-24 loss to Nevada. Expect the Bears to run the ball with more conviction this week. Cal 41, Southern Utah 13.
- Uncle Ted and Kevin Gemmell (we need a good nickname for him) each predict a modest Cal victory.
Kevin: Cal 31, Southern Utah 14. Maybe this is the week Memorial Stadium sees a victory. The last one was on Oct. 23, 2010. Cal should win based on its athletes alone.
Ted: Cal 35, Southern Utah 10. The Bears should get a couple of injured guys back on defense, which should help. Playing angry might help, too.
I'd be pretty worried if we only score 35 on these guys. More links after the jump.
- Cal falls to 10th in Wilner's Pac-12 power rankings. For reasons unknown to anyone, he ranked Colorado at 9th. He clearly did not watch that awful, awful performance by the Buffs. They'll be fortunate to win 2 games this year.
- As the defensive line gets more healthy bodies, the Bears hope for better play on defense.
- Gorcey has plenty of quotes from players after Tuesday's practice as they talk about fixing what went wrong in the game against Nevada.
- Cal and Stanford both look to bounce back this week before next week's season-defining games.
- Several teams had shaky starts last week. ESPN breaks them into two groups: those who will bounce back and those who should be worried. With consecutive road games against tOSU and USC, Cal should be worried.
- CalAthletics reports that the Back in Berkeley series of fall camp videos was a huge success.
- Bryce Treggs talks about following his father's footsteps and learning from the lessons the elder Treggs learned during his time at Cal.
- Uncle Ted wonders what we will learn during week 2 of the season. The main question for Cal is whether we can bounce back. If we can't bounce back against Southern Utah, we're in for a long, long season.
- Mike Montgomery has brought in his highest-rated recruit in his tenure at Cal: five-star, consensus top-25 player Jabari Bird will join the Bears. The only downside is he admits interested in testing the NBA waters after a year or two.
- Faraudo looks back at Cal's top Bay Area recruits over the years.