Saturday, September 19, 2009

ESPN: Ten things to watch this weekend


6. Will California wake up before kickoff?

California coach Jeff Tedford changed the Bears' travel plans as they prepared to play at upstart Minnesota on Saturday.

Last season, California traveled through three time zones the day before playing at Maryland. The game kicked off at 9 a.m. PDT and the Bears still seemed to be hibernating. The Terrapins took a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter, and California didn't wake up until the fourth quarter. Cal quarterback Kevin Riley threw three touchdown passes, but Maryland won the game, 35-27.

The No. 8 Bears flew to Minneapolis Thursday night, giving them an extra day to adjust to the time change. The game against the Gophers kicks off at 10 a.m. PDT, but Tedford hoped the early travel would help his team adjust.

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