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Cal opens 33 1/2 point favorites (updated)

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Dec. 1, 2008 at 9:32 am with No Comments »
December 1, 2008 9:32 am

California has opened a 33 1/2 point favorite over UW for the Huskies’ season-ending football game Saturday at Berkeley.

Here’s a link to the Golden Bears’ Website.

Here’s an early scouting report on the game:


Noon Saturday, FSN, at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.

Coach: Jeff Tedford, 57-30 in seventh season at Cal.

Last week:
The Bears were off. The week before, Cal defeated Stanford in the annual Big Game, 37-16. Tailback Jahvid Best rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns and was honored as Pac-10 offensive player of the week. Tailback Shane Vereen and tight end Cameron Morrah caught scoring passes from Kevin Riley as Cal blew the game open early in the second half.

Against the Huskies: Washington leads 47-37-4 in a series that dates to 1916. Cal has won five of the last six, but UW won last season, 37-23 at Husky Stadium. The Golden Bears have won the last two in Berkeley.

Washington connections: Two Cal players attended Washington high schools: senior LB Anthony Felder (Seattle/O’Dea H.S.) and freshman DT Trevor Guyton (Woodinville/Redmond H.S.). The UW roster includes six players from Northern California. UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano coached at Cal from 1992-95 and secondary coach J.D. Williams coached there from 2002-2005. Cal assistant head coach Jim Michalczik is a Seattle native.

Scouting report: The Golden Bears average 32 points per game and allow 21.4. The latter figure is second best in the Pac-10 behind USC. Cal’s defense leads the league in interceptions (21), turnover margin, red-zone defense and opponents’ fourth-down conversion. Cal is second in pass-efficiency defense. … Best leads the Pac-10 in all purpose yards and in kick return average and is the No. 2 runner, trailing Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers. Riley is seventh in pass efficiency and eighth in all-purpose yards. Riley has been starting ahead of Nate Longshore, but both have played. Felder is the No. 6 tackler in the conference.

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