Another best case/worst case today from Uncle Ted. Today we'll put on our "AllRightNow.com" hats and look at what may be in store for Harbaugh and crew...as it pertains to Cal, of course.
Best Case (aka worst case)
After wins over Arizona and Arizona State, the fifth-ranked Cardinal heads to Berkeley for the Big Game, with California eagerly embracing the role of spoiler. Stanford leads 28-14 in the third, but a pair of TD passes from Kevin Riley ties the count with two minutes left. Then Jeff Tedford shocks everyone in the stadium with an on-side kick. The Bears recover. Riley expertly leads his offense to the Stanford 10-yard line, and Giorgio Tavecchio lines up for the chip-shot winner.
Stanford blocks the kick. Chris Owusu picks up the ball and runs it the other way for the game-winning score. "D'oh," is the one-word column on California Golden Blogs that night.
Worst Case (Best case or best case?)
A Big Game in Berkeley without Luck is not a good thing for Stanford. California rolls 38-17. Luck again isn't available for the finale vs. Oregon State, and the Beavers drop the Cardinal to 6-6 on the year.
Luck returns to lead the Cardinal to a victory over Temple in the Eagle Bank Bowl, but it's hardly a day of celebration when Harbaugh announces he's headed to Michigan.
That's big news over at Rose Bowl practices for both California and Ohio State.
After the jump fans have the chance to put gameday photos on billboards, the Daily Cal compares Cal football to the Cleveland Cavs, and Natalie Coughlin talks about how coach Teri McKeever helped mold her into the athlete she is today.
- In a bizarre and surprising turn of events, Chris Martin is transferring before even playing his first snap with Cal. He and Tedford provide some comments on the decision.
- Ted Miller looks back at the 2007 recruiting class, which featured some hidden gems such as Jahvid Best, Shane Vereen, and Cameron Jordan. He says the "misses" from the class were Brock Mansion and D.J. Campbell.
- Fans are encouraged to vote for various gameday photos which have the chance to appear on billboards next month. Fans can vote as many times as they like.
- The Daily Cal asks if Cal football is more depressing than the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unless Vereen announces on national television that he's transferring to Stanford, the answer is no. [Edit: Naturally, this article is posted hours before Chris Martin decides to transfer]
- Swim coach Teri McKeever used a unique coaching style to maximize Natalie Coughlin's potential while she was at Cal. The two continued to work together after Coughlin graduated and they are currently working to prepare for the 2012 Olympics.