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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
AP: Cal UCLA Preview
California finally has been given the opening it has waited for nearly all season. The 10th-ranked Bears look to start taking full advantage Saturday when they host a reeling UCLA squad in a Pac-10 matchup. California (7-1, 5-0) is alone atop the Pac-10 following No. 9 Southern California's shocking 33-31 loss at OregonState last Saturday. While spending their bye week watching the Trojans lose, the Bears remained 10th in the latest BCS standings. However, they still have an outside chance to play for the national championship, having won seven in a row since their season-opening loss at Tennessee. Cal will face reigning three-time conference champion USC on Nov. 18. Marshawn Lynch has been at the forefront of Cal's bid for its first Pac-10 championship and first conference title of any kind since sharing the Pacific Eight crown with UCLA in 1975. The junior tailback is leading the Pac-10 with 907 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns, including eight on the ground, while taking on a more vocal leadership role.