The California Golden Bears are coming to the desert, and it's hard to say which team will show up.
Will it be the one that lost to Oregon and USC by a combined 72-6, or the one that beat up UCLA and Washington State by a combined 94-43? The Bears (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) took the week off and regrouped after their back-to-back embarrassments against the Ducks and the Trojans. "Since the bye week, this will show us how much we've grown as a team," quarterback Kevin Riley said.
Cal's apparent turnaround may be attributed to the caliber of the opposition. Oregon and USC are a combined 12-1, UCLA and Washington State 4-10. "We played two really good football teams, two top 10 football teams, and didn't play our best," coach Jeff Tedford said. The Bears hope to extend their modest winning streak against Arizona State (4-3, 2-2). The Sun Devils are searching for answers after a 33-14 drubbing at Stanford. "We can't play like we did last week or else the same thing will happen to us," ASU coach Dennis Erickson said. Like Cal, ASU has made a habit of beating lesser opponents; the Sun Devils have yet to knock off a team with a winning record at kickoff. (They did it once last year, defeating 1-0 Stanford). The Sun Devils' offense has been sputtering for weeks.