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California – Colorado State Report Card

Quarterbacks: Kevin Riley is a work in progress. Although his pass protection isn’t quite as good as we’d like it to be, and his receivers have dropped some catchable balls (including one touchdown) he’s still underthrowing catchable balls or misreading routes by quite a bit. The rapport with his wideouts isn’t quite there yet. While […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

The Pac-10 Report: Week 3

USC Conquest Chronicles: “Saturday night really opened up the nations eyes as to just how good the offense is going to be. The offensive line was absolutely flawless in their execution of the game plan and their protection of Mark Sanchez. Yes, they allowed one sack in the 4th qtr. when SC was going for […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Let’s Speak of It One More Time: Cal-Maryland Report Card

(Check out Testudo Times for a report card of Maryland’s team) First of all, everyone’s looking for a scapegoat to blame Cal. The humidity, the weather, the turnovers, the coaching. Clearly, Maryland did nothing to win that game; this was all Cal playing below their level, right? Fine, if you’re going to blame someone, blame […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, September 15th, 2008

Significant Terps: Cal – Maryland Preview

(Just a programming note: Cal-Maryland liveblog starts at 11:30-11:45 AM EST, 8:30-8:45 AM PST. Mmm, bleary-eyed.) Offense-We’re not so different after all: In a hotly debated quarterback controversy, both Jordan Steffy and Chris Turner had their roles to play in the 2007 season. After Steffy epitomized the low-risk offense (67.3 completion percentage with 98 yards […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, September 12th, 2008

We Are All Classless

Blogpoll remains the same. Come on guys, more input! One last Washington State topic before moving onto the Terps: The so-called classlessness of Jeff Tedford. Wait, WHAT? Even Cal fans might not remember it because they were too busy getting plastered over treesitter hysteria and other assorted madness. Let’s let CougCenter revisit this seeming non-starter. […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Who Had The Better Week 1, Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre?

You are likely to hear these two names mentioned in the same sentence a lot this season: Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre. There is really no way around it for Rodgers, the unproven new Packer starter, who is going to be under the public microscope for the entire season as his stat-lines are compared to […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

The Pac-10 Report: Week 2

Note: Hippies in trees being removed by the Stairway to Heaven. Confused? Click here. Maybe the feed will go up again. This segment allows Cal fans to check in with reports around the blogosphere from various Pac-10 teams and Cal opponents. Let’s start with the Trojans and their tilt with Ohio State. USC Conquest Chronicles: […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Cal – Washington State Report Card

Every week the Golden Bears play a game, I write up a report card. You can click to read the extensive Michigan State one from last week. Here are the final grades from that 66-3 smashing. Quarterbacks: Nate Longshore clearly inserted himself back into the quarterback competition with a strong second half performance, completing 7 […]

Posted by: Avinash on Sunday, September 7th, 2008

The Pac-10 Report: Week 1

For the record, I divided time between USC-Virginia and Oklahoma St.-Washington St., watched the end of Oregon-Washington, and watched most of Oregon St.-Stanford and UCLA-Tennessee. I did not see the Arizona games at all. The Cal recaps are here. USC 52, Virginia 7: During the past five seasons and including the Virginia game, USC has […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Thermopylae This Was Not: Cal-Michigan State Report Card

In homage to Tightwad Hill (who started these awesome post-game analyses), the grades have been released for every Golden Bear element of Cal’s victory last Saturday. Me: EPIC FAIL. First of all, I owe a huge apology to the people who woke up thinking they could watch the Cal game from Tokyo or Paris or […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, September 1st, 2008