Game coverage from around SBN: Here
Time: 1:30 p.m. PDT
The place: Memorial Stadium (Berkeley, Calif.)
TV: None. Sometimes none means you have to find it on a streaming feed somewhere. In this case, none really means none. Enjoy BobRob and Walden on the radio.
The line: Cal minus-35 (Fun fact! The Cougs have covered in three of their past four games.)
When the Cougs have the ball ...
|Pos.||Name (# = Redshirt)||Pos.||Name
|X||Daniel Blackledge (6-0, 175, Jr.)||DE|
|F||Gino Simone (5-11, 174, Fr.)||NG||Derrick Hill (6-2, 302, Jr.)|
|LT||Alex Reitnouer (6-5, 253, Fr.)||DE|
|LG||Zack Williams (6-4, 293, #Jr.)||OLB
|C||Kenny Alfred (6-2, 300, #Sr.)||ILB||
|RG||Joe Eppele (6-7, 309, #Jr.)||ILB||
|RT||Micah Hannam (6-4, 284, #Jr.)||OLB||
|TE||Tony Thompson (6-2, 241, #Sr.)||CB||
|Z||Jared Karstetter (6-4, 203, So.)||S
|QB||Jeff Tuel (6-3, 207, Fr.)||S
When Cal has the ball ...
||Pos.||Name (# = Redshirt)|
Jesse Feagin (6-4, 258, #Sr.)
|LT||DT||Bernard Wolfgramm (6-3, 291, #Jr.)|
|C||Chris Guarnero (6-2, 275, Jr.)||RE||Travis Long (6-4, 247, Fr.)|
|RG||Justin Cheadle (6-2, 299, So.)||SAM||Andy Mattingly (6-4, 255, Sr.)|
|RT||Mitchell Schwartz (6-6, 317, So.)||MIKE||Alex Hoffman-Ellis (6-1, 233, #So.)|
|TE||WILL||Jason Stripling (5-11, 225, #Sr.)|
|WR||LCB||Brandon Jones (5-9, 178, #Jr.)|
|QB||SS||Xavier Hicks, Jr. (6-0, 211, #Sr.)|
|FB||Brian Holley (5-10, 235, Sr.)||FS||Chima Nwachukwu (5-11, 201, Jr.)|
||Jahvid Best (5-10, 195, Jr.)||RCB|
Special Teams ...
|Pos.||Name (# = Redshirt)||Pos.||Name|
|K||Nico Grasu (6-0, 221, Jr.)||K|
|P||Reid Forrest (6-2, 193, #Jr.)||P
Bryan Anger (6-4, 202, So.)
the Game Not Getting Embarrassed
1. Avoid big plays in the running game. This isn't rocket science. After what Cal did to the Cougs last year in Pullman -- at a point when we though WSU might be reasonably average after a somewhat promising opener against Oklahoma State -- this is obviously job No. 1. There's hope that this might happen, given that our defense has been better. But we simply can't let the Bears rip off 10 to 20 yards at a time, and definitely can't allow runs of 50+. Other teams have shown that it's a sound strategy to put the ball in Kevin Riley's hands. Let's try to do that.
2. Don't get in a big hole early. This has been a constant issue all year, with the exception of last game. It ties in with No. 1, but the offense has to do its part. If we can get to halftime feeling reasonably OK about our performance, that's another positive step.
3. Get some first downs -- by whatever means necessary. Will we see any wrinkles coming off the bye week? Trick plays? Wildcat formations? Something? Anything? Somehow, some way, we've got to move the chains occasionally. Drives of 3-6 plays just aren't going to do anything to help anyone out today.Oh, and let's get out of this without any more big injuries.