The game: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. at Autzen Stadium. TV: ABC. Radio: KUGN-AM (590) and KZEL-FM 96.1). Point spread: California favored by 7.
The season so far: The Bears are 3-0 after a 35-21 victory at Minnesota on Saturday. Cal rose to No. 6 in the AP poll.
Storylines: It’s been called the “Oregon-izing” of Cal, and certainly the UO influence on the program is heavy. Head coach Jeff Tedford is a former UO assistant, as are both coordinators (Andy Ludwig on offense, Bob Gregory on defense), and several other former Ducks work in Cal athletics. The personal connections make this a uniquely intense rivalry. Cal’s led by running back Jahvid Best, a Heisman Trophy candidate who rushed for a school-record five TDs against Minnesota. Loser of this game faces a decidedly uphill climb to reach the Rose Bowl, which the Bears, who have USC up next, haven’t done since the 1958 season.
Injury report: There were no new injuries reported for Oregon.
Noteworthy: In his eighth season at Cal, Tedford has more than 60 wins, and the Bears set school records with six straight bowl berths and four straight bowl wins.