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Justin Wilcox says the team will not focus on “rankings” and neither should we.

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Football

Ole Miss

  • Nam’s weekly novel reminds us that there is a lot of season left, but things are looking pretty good.
  • Lorenzo Reyna analyzes what made Cal so successful on 3rd down, a key part of their victory.
  • Reyna also analyzed the great performance by Chase Garbers.
  • Josh Yuen wrote about his weekend in Mississippi, and watching Cal be the only undefeated Pac-12 team to stay that way at the end of the day.

Arizona State

  • During a recent press conference, Herm Edwards recalled his time at Cal and how it feels to return.
  • Justin Wilcox considers the rankings “just noise” and says they don’t matter until the season’s over.

“Rankings matter when the season’s over,” he said Monday. “We don’t minimize the fact that we’ve won the games we’ve played in. Finding a way to win those games, that’s a big deal.”

Cal found a way to upset then-No. 14 Washington by a point in Seattle in its second game, then stopped Mississippi’s quarterback sneak attempt from the 6-inch line on the game’s final play to beat Mississippi 28-20 in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday.

“We need to handle” success, Wilcox said, “because in order to stay in that conversation, we have to improve.”

  • Nam’s “Five Things” includes pressuring Jayden Daniels.
  • Will Cal’s 4-0 start finally result into a big crowd against Arizona State, or will the student body and Cal community continue to ignore football?

General

  • The East Bay Times looks at the most miraculous play by every Pac-12 team. Of course, only one “Play” could be picked for Cal...

Misc.

  • Beat Stanford! The Big Spike is tomorrow and Cal is undefeated. (Stanford is not, but they are No. 1 in the country nonetheless) Savannah Rennie talked to NCAA Volleyball’s Twitter account.
  • Learn about field hockey alum Valentina Godfrid who will be inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame this year.

Finally caught on sleep after Memphis/Oxford. Shoutout to The Beer and his companion for driving me around and living up to his name! GO BEARS