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Pre-Arizona Open Thread 10.18.08

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Lots of great games on TV today, and I won't get to see any of it.  Also, don't forget about the Big Spike tomorrow at the Farm!  And don't forget that today is Yellow Fever's birthday!  Happy Birthday Yellow Fever!  May you receive the Birthday Present you always wanted, a Cal victory.

By the time this is posted, I will already be on my way down to Tucson; hopefully the drive takes less than the 13 hours Google Maps tells me it will -- fingers crossed for light traffic through LA!

Broadcast TV:
Mississippi @ #2 Alabama, 12:30PM, CBS
#16 Kansas @ #4 Oklahoma, 12:30PM - ABC
#11 Missouri @ #1 Texas, 5:00PM - ABC

Actually, if I arrive early enough in Tucson, perhaps I can find a bar to watch part of Missouri at Texas; should be a great tussle in Austin, and definitely worth flipping to during the commercials during the Cal-'Zona game.  Kansas-Oklahoma should be a nice warm-up, though I remain skeptical of of the Jayhawks.

Basic Cable:
Georgia Tech @ Clemson, 9:00AM - ESPN
Purdue @ Northwestern, 9:00AM - ESPN2
#7 Texas Tech @ Texas A&M, 9:00AM - Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Nebraska @ Iowa State, 9:30AM - Versus
#12 Ohio State @ #20 Michigan State, 12:30PM - ESPN2
#18 North Carolina @ Virginia, 12:30PM - ESPN2
Stanford @ UCLA, 1:00PM - Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Michigan @ #3 Penn State, 1:30PM - ESPN
Oregon State @ Washington, 4:00PM - Versus
#13 LSU @ South Carolina, 5:00PM - ESPN
#17 Virginia Tech @ Boston College, 5:00PM - ESPN2

There's some games on TV this morning, but honestly, all I see are a bunch of good reasons to sleep in (although if you're like me and you get cable in your bedroom, you might be able to get the best of both worlds).  I imagine us on the West Coast should get Michigan State @ Ohio State on ESPN2, but my cable package wasn't telling.

Stanford-UCLA also intrigues me; UCLA should be better positioned to stifle Stanford's power running game, but not much has gone the Bruins' way since the season opener over Tennessee.  The Bruins are longshots for the postseason anyway, but a loss here would basically end all hope; meanwhile, Stanford needs a win here and against WSU in two weeks to get to 6 wins, or it will need to upset one of Oregon, USC, or Cal to close the season, two of which are on the road.

Premium Cable:
Colorado State @ #14 Utah, 11:00AM, The Mtn.
#6 USC @ Washington State, 12:30PM - CSN+ (Comcast 116, 169, 400, 410)
#23 Pittsburgh @ Navy, 12:30PM - CSTV
UTEP @ Tulsa, 5:00PM - CSTV
#25 California @ Arizona, 7:00PM, CSN+ (Comcast 116, 169, 400, 410, 415)

If you get it, flip to USC-WSU to see if the Tojans can cover a 40+ point spread.  Also, you should probably root for Colorado State to upset Utah, as it would both boost our strength of schedule and knock off a team that is both ranked above us and might still grab a BCS at-large spot.

Pay-Per-View or No TV:
Syracuse @ #19 South Florida, 9:00AM
#21 Wake Forest @ Maryland, 9:00AM
#22 Vanderbilt @ #10 Georgia, 9:30AM
Baylor @ #8 Oklahoma State, 12:00PM

Vandy-Georgia kinda intrigues me, as does Wake-Maryland.  Can the schizophrenic Terps upset another ranked team at home?

This post will most likely take us to gametime.  We'll put up the 1st quarter post just before that time.  So, relax, enjoy the day's action and comment inside.  Go Bears!