Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sporting News: Week 4's Top Story Lines

Matt Hayes



A little advice for our friends in the Pac-10 this weekend: better eat another biscuit. Bow up, or your reputation takes another hit. Three games will dictate where the league is headed this season, and if the alleged lack of respect is deserved.

•California at Oregon: After years of inconsistency, the Bears suddenly have become the league's last chance at the BCS national championship game.

The last time Cal rolled into wild Autzen Stadium two years ago, a big win over Oregon came with an injury to quarterback Nate Longshore. The 5-0 Bears then moved to No. 2 in the nation, and the last thing we remember from that season was coach Jeff Tedford throwing his play-call sheet to the ground after backup quarterback Kevin Riley couldn't get out of bounds to stop the clock in a home loss to unranked Oregon State.  We remember that, and the six losses in the last eight games of the 2007 season.

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