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What’s up sports fans? Well it began with thoughts of good expectations and it finished with excepting history. The Cal Bears were thinking they could wash away old history against the USC Trojans with a victory. It would’ve been easier to forget the 7 ugly losses they had to experience in seasons past. Unfortunately it was history repeating itself. The Bears turned the ball over five times allowing the Trojans to run away with this one early. I’m sure it wasn’t the script that head coach Jeff Tedford had in mind.  “You can’t beat a good football team like SC when you turn the football over five times, especially down deep in their territory,” Tedford said. “There’s no question there is some good things, but there are some things that absolutely need to be improved.” The one thing that Cal needs to improve on is their defense.

The Bears continue to give up to many points. When you put a magnifying glass on their season the Bears have a problem with shutting down offenses, even when they win. That was fine by Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin, “We needed that,” coach Lane Kiffin said. “It was much more important for this team to win like that and have a game like that for confidence after all the things our defense has been hearing about them, staff, players, everybody involved. To come out here and get five turnovers and harass the quarterback all game long was really good.” Cal’s starting quarterback Zach Maynard threw for 294 yards and his sibling Keenan Allen produced 160 yards on 13 catches. You’d think with that much production the Bears would’ve had a little better showing in this game. The problem was all the mistakes the made against USC’s defense.

“They played lights out tonight, no doubt about that,” Barkley said of his defense. “They really helped us out on the offensive side of the ball. … We struggled a little bit on offense, but we protected the ball and they didn’t. Ultimately that helped us come out on top.” Of those 5 turnovers 4 of them came in the first half alone, which set the tone for a long night for Cal. The game got so lop sided that Kiffin thought he could even try a trick play, which really showed how they didn’t respect Cal’s defense, but it didn’t pay off. The Trojans ended up turning the ball over and the Bears recovered the ball on the 8 yard line. “That’s no fun,” Kiffin said. “You’re on ESPN. You have to do something fun.” The Bears dominated in total yards, and passing yards. But USC took over the ground game producing 118 yards rushing.

The Trojans turned the ball over twice which was their mistake, but they controlled the time of possession with 19 minutes total to Cal’s 9 minutes. Cals run game was invisible with only nineteen yards on the ground. What’s also noticeable is that they don’t seem to be trying to get creative with their run game. They’re weren’t trying to send their runningbacks out in the flat for catches or use them as receivers. In the end Cal will have to find away to upgrade their defense and bring precision to their offense, because it’s becoming a view from opposing teams that they know their going to beat Cal it’s just a matter of how to beat them, and it’s has to be hurting the teams moral. “I tried to force the ball on a couple plays,” Maynard said. “There’s a lot of mental errors. We’ve got to get better on our check downs and make a better play.”

The Bears have Utah next week, and they still have some games to play. Not to mention the ever popular 114th BIG GAME against cross peninsula rival Andrew Luck and The Stanford Cardinal. Hopefully this season will give them a template of some of the changes they will need to make the Bears more competitive for next year. Think they can bounce back or is this the tempo of Cal’s season? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


 

What’s up sports fans? After a 3-0 start for the Cal Bears their future for this season was looking as golden as they are.  They had beat up on visiting Presbytarin, but now they had a real test in a PAC -12 contender with No. 9 Oregon. I have to say it wasn’t pretty. My statement might have seemed a little ironic. Because in the beginning of the game Cal looked like they might actually contend pretty well with the Ducks. And that’s because they managed to put together a pretty decent defensive stop on the Ducks and took over on downs on the Ducks own 41 yard line. When they got possession of the ball Zach Maynard took the Cal’s offense and scored on a 12 yard pass to Cal’s Keenan Allen. Allen had a big day. He caught 9 passes for 170 yards, but wasn’t happy with his teams performance, “They scored. We kicked field goals,”.

What is also interesting is now that Cal is playing some of their opponents in their own division, speculators will wonder if Cal’s winning in the beginning of the season is because they weren’t playing any real competition. For the Bears it really isn’t a subject they want to discuss. Regardless of what Cal was thinking the Ducks made sure that there would be no speculation about how they would play the Bears. Oregon put up 563 total yards against the Cal’s defense.  Oregon’s Darron Thomas put 198 on the pass and Oregon ground game anything short of excellent. They ran the ball to produce 365 yards. Cal did have a good passing day though, producing 321 yards in the air. What was bad for the Ducks is that Lamichael James injured his arm and didn’t comeback in the game. He wasn’t sure if he’ll be able to play against No. 22 Arizona State but he didn’t rule it out, “We’re gonna wait and see,” he said. “We have the best trainers in the country and I’m sure they are going to get on it ASAP and I’ll be there four times a day so I can get on that field.”

The Bears simply aren’t solid enough to contend with more of big name schools. As soon as they enter into the top ten teams in the country that’s where they struggle. With the struggles they’ve been having it’s causing head coach Jeff Tedford and his coaching staff scrambling for answers. Answers he couldn’t give. When asked if the Bears could finish off the season strong, he just shook his head in a “No” motion and walked away.  One of the things I notice is that they don’t have much of a running game. One thing I remember from my days of playing is that the offense has to be diverse. The reason why is you want to keep the defense guessing. You can’t do that if your offense is one dimension with just the pass or just the run. They have the pass but they have no run game. They could also use a stiffer defense, particularly in the pass rush department. It’s just my take on the game, what’s your take? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Jeff Tedford Receives Commemorative 75 Jersey From Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barber.

 

 

What’s up sports fans? The Golden Bears of California have kept their bid for the PAC-12 title by literally running over Presbytarian 63-12. It was interesting watching football played at AT&T Park. The water cannons which were normally used for Giants games were now being used for the Cal Bears. Every time they scored water got shot out those cannons. Which if your a Bears fan it was something extra added to the normal game. This was a game that in my opinion that didn’t need all the fanfare that it received. If the Bears were playing a division rival or maybe if there was something on the line then it would’ve been more interesting. Cal did give Jeff Tedford his 75th win.

It also made him the winningest coach in Cal football  history surpassing Andy Smith who had the record since 1925. When Isi Sofele wasn’t tearing up the ground game Zach Maynard was throwing bombs in the air. Sofele scored twice and had 105 yards rushing. Maynard was 15-25 for 215 yards and threw three touchdowns. He did have one interception, and it was picked off by Presbytarian’s Justin Bethel. Bethel also blocked a punt and ran it in for a touchdown. But it was all California Golden Bears at AT&T. They had good reason for playing there even though it seemed kinda weird. Cal’s Memorial Stadium is being retro-fitted for safety. It’s costs $321 million dollars to complete the work. So even though the work at the Stadium must go on, so does the Cal Bears football season.

Cal also had a kick returned for a score by Brendan Bigelow. You kinda started to feel bad for Presbytarian. Here they are all the way from South Carolina in California home of the defending World Champions AT&T Park with Cal Bears fans who were also Giants fans, I’m sure the Blue Hose felt outnumbered. Really there’s not much to write about in this one. It began pretty much the way it ended. Cal was just too much for the Blue Hose and I think they just wanted to get out of AT&T Park with their dignity. Because everything else they came with the Bears took with them. The closing ceremony was nice though. Tedford receiving a number 75 jersey to commemorate his 75 wins from Athletic Director Sandy Barber. What is noticeable is that Presbytarian isn’t in their division and isn’t even in the top 25 ap poll. Not to mention they have next week Furman. Why is Cal getting these schools that aren’t even ranked or in the top 25? This would be interesting. Since Stanford is top ranked in the country the teams opponents are more competitive and it would make you make one wonder, does Cal have the easy road to the PAC-12 title?  One might think that.

But when you look at their schedule their next six games are going to be tough, with the exception of Utah. They’ve got Washington, # 10  Oregon, #23 USC, UCLA, Washington State, and Oregon State. And you can’t leave out THE 114th BIG GAME Stanford v.s. Cal for the Axe. So it’s not going to be so easy for them. But me being a Bay Area guy I like to see Cal get a good win. Congratulations to Cal and a great start for the 2011 season. Think Cal can win the PAC-12 championship? Or will they eventually fall. Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!