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The Golden Bears edge Stanford in the pre-season poll by just two first-place votes.

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Athletics News

Latest NCAA data show improvements in grad rates.

Women's Tennis

California will send its largest contingent to the USTA/ITA National Women's Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Lynn Chi, Maegan Manasse, Zsofi Susanyi, Denise Star and Kalara Fabikova will represent the Bears in Flushing Meadows.

Cross Country

Oakland and Cal hosts the 2014 Pac-12 Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships.

Men's Soccer

#17 Cal heads off on their final road tour at San Diego State tonight at 7 p.m. and at #1 UCLA this Sunday at 5 p.m.

Volleyball

The Golden Bears start the second half of their conference season at Oregon, Friday at 8 pm.

2014 Hall of Fame Induction

Men's Tennis

Cal plays in its last tournament of the Fall, the Gael Classic at Saint Mary's in Moraga, CA.

Women's Swimming and Diving

The Longhorns visit the Golden Bears in a marquee meet matchup Friday at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Men's Water Polo

#4 Cal hosts UCSB and Long Beach State this weekend. The Bears will play UCSB on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Long Beach State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

From The Twitters

College Sports Day 2014

Rugby

For the first time in its history, Cal will host a fall rugby 7s event. The PAC Rugby 7s Championship will be held from Nov. 8-9 at Witter Rugby Field.

Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

The media tabs California to be the pre-season favorite to win the Pac-12 title. Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray were named to the preseason All-Pac-12 team.

Football

One-On-One Wednesday - Daniel Lasco

Coming off a monster 186 all purpose-yard performance (career-high 101 receiving, 85 rushing) last Friday against Oregon, junior running back Daniel Lasco took a few minutes after Wednesday's practice to sit down with CalBears.com. The Texas native talked about his role in the passing game, being a mentor to the younger running backs and his pre-game rituals.

CalBears.com: You are the team's fourth-leading receiver so far. Did you expect to be such a big part of the passing game?

Daniel Lasco: Being in this offense, anything can get thrown at you. I feel very grateful that Goff has a lot of confidence in me. Whenever he's scrambling in the pocket or hesitant he can just turn to me and check it down. It goes with the offense since we're a pass offense and having running backs running routes out of the backfield is something to make defenses nervous because it puts us one-on-one with linebackers who usually can't cover us.

ESPN's Pac-12 Blog unanimously predicts a Cal victory.

Why Cal will win: Both teams are limping into this game, but I think the Bears' limp is more figurative -- they've lost their past three games after a 4-1 start -- while the Beavers are limping because of injuries physical and mental. Cal also just strikes me as hungrier, though the Bears must contend with a strong Oregon State pass defense. The loser here seems unlikely to become bowl eligible, while the winner will need just one more victory over the homestretch. -- Ted Miller