Cal Golden Bears
Stanford has been picked by the Pac-12 coaches to win the conference title again this season behind reigning Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike.
A majority of the Pac-12, including Cal, has moved to some type of hurry-up, no-huddle system. Holdouts still running largely pro-style offenses include Stanford, Oregon State, and USC.
Olympic and world champion Missy Franklin is among the leading nominees for USA Swimming’s Golden Goggle awards. Franklin, a freshman at Cal, is up for five awards, including Female Athlete of the Year.
Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-10, former Cal standout who can make 3-pointers in bunches, has had a promising start to his NBA career. As he enters his sixth season, he’s trying to summon the emotional strength to continue thriving on court,
Cal has kicked defensive end Chris McCain off the squad for conduct detrimental to the football team.
Marcus Mariota threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Oregon defeated California 55-16 on Saturday night in the rain-drenched Pac-12 opener for both teams.
The second-ranked Ducks begin what they hope is another successful Pac-12 season Saturday night looking for a fifth consecutive victory over visiting California, which is facing its second straight top-5 opponent.
New California coach Sonny Dykes and his re-tooled Golden Bears visit No. 2 Oregon with both teams coming off byes, giving them plenty of time to ponder what they might see Saturday night in the conference opener for both teams.
With both Cal quarterback Jared Goff and Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota seeing success with the pass so far this season, it is expected that Saturday night’s game could stretch very late.
Cal likely faces the toughest opener against the No. 2 Ducks in Eugene. The Golden Bears had a tough non-conference schedule, wrapping loses to Northwestern and Ohio State around a win over Portland State.