Saturday, December 05, 2009

Contra Costa Times Game Preview


RECORDS: Cal 8-3, 5-3 Pac-10; Washington 4-7, 3-5

KICKOFF: 3:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium, Seattle



SERIES HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series 46-38-4, but the Bears have lost just once in the Jeff Tedford era (6-1)

THE STORY LINES: The Bears are trying to finish in a four-way tie for second place, which likely would land them in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve. ... A loss would put Cal in the Emerald, Las Vegas or Poinsettia bowls. ... A win would keep alive Cal's hopes for a 10-win season.

INJURY REPORT: Cal — RB Jahvid Best (back, concussion), LG Matt Summers-Gavin (concussion), TE Tad Smith (knee) are out. Washington — LB E.J. Savannah (hand), C Ryan Tolar (head) are out. DT Cameron Elisara (shoulder) is questionable.

STATS THAT MATTER: Cal RB Shane Vereen, making his third straight start in place of Best, needs 262 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. The Bears have had a 1,000-yard rusher in each of Tedford's seven years as coach. ... The Bears are looking to become the first team in school history to have three separate three-game winning streaks during the same season. ... With a victory, Tedford will become the winningest Cal coach in the modern era. He is 67-33, tied with Pappy Waldorf for most wins.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal's linebackers against Washington quarterback Jake Locker. Locker has proved to be a viable threat running the ball, and the Bears linebackers have to be aware of his presence while still covering the rest of their assignments.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "This team really wants to have 10 wins this season. Ten wins is something that not many Cal programs have done. That's what we're going to focus on." — Cal fullback Brian Holley

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