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Golden Nuggets: USC favored over Cal and a DB was hospitalized following practice

Once again, the odds-makers aren't looking at Cal favorably. A freshman DB was injured and hospitalized after practice.

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Harry How

Brace yourself cuz I've got some big news--Cal is the underdog in a football game this year.

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell continue to pick against the Bears--which is probably best.

Gemmell: I promised in my mailbag on Tuesday that I would pick USC this week. And I'm a man of my word. The Trojans' depth -- that's right, depth -- at running back has allowed them not only to stay competitive, but to out-muscle teams. I really liked what I saw out of the Bears last week, but USC's ground-and-pound will likely be too much. USC 38, California 24.

Miller: USC has been playing well and the Trojans are getting healthier, most notably at receiver. Further, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, former holder of the same job at Cal, will know the Bears personnel well. USC 35, California 20.

Athlon has us as 16.5-point underdogs with all four experts picking the Golden Bears as Saturday's losers.

Unfortunately, DB Trey Cheek was injured at Wednesday's practice. We wish Trey a speedy recovery!

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