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Golden Nuggets: Cal-Arizona Predictions

Time for another Prediction Thursday.  While last week featured an almost-unanimous pick for Cal, this week everyone (and I mean everyone) picks Cal to lose.

Uncle Ted predicts a close one in Tuscon:

Arizona 28, California 24: I wouldn't be surprised if the Wildcats -- still high on their win over Iowa -- starts slowly while Cal -- still peeved about their game at Nevada -- comes out on fire. But the Wildcats will assert themselves in the second half as the 'Zona Zoo gets motivated.

Bruce Feldman also predicts a narrow Arizona victory.  Shane Vereen and the Cal D will have strong performances but "the 'Cats' offense will make one more play than Cal" as Arizona holds onto a 31-28 win.

ESPN's AccuScore ran 10,000 simulations of the Cal-Arizona game.  Cal won 37.2% of the time (pretty close to the report card predictions of 39.1%!).  The average score was 29.2 for Arizona and 24.1 for Cal.  ESPN predicts Foles will have a big day as he averages 288.2 yards, 1.6 TDs, and 1 interception.  Riley, meanwhile, averages 179.2 yards, 1.3 TDs, and 1 interception.

John Tamahana predicts a 34-24 Arizona victory.  Though his intuition tells him Cal will bounce back and Arizona will suffer a letdown, he says Arizona's stout run defense and Kevin Riley's inconsistency will limit Cal's chances to notch the upset.

All four of Yahoo's writers (and 97% of readers) predict an Arizona victory.

All five CBS writers predict an Arizona victory.

This all sounds a lot like last year's Arizona predictions, and we all know how that one turned out...

After the jump Cal makes an appearance in ESPN's Bottom Ten, the Pac-12 considers sites for the championship game, the Fresno State matchup nears finalization, MSG anticipates more playing time this week, and several outlets predict the 2010-2011 basketball season.