College football fans will be excited to know that there will be a big-time Pac-12 matchup on Friday night on the West Coast.
California (3-6) will host rival Washington (4-4) at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley in Week 10 looking to halt the Huskies' momentum and end its own two-game losing streak. The Golden Bears have dropped five of their last seven games overall.
Although both teams have already had their BCS hopes dashed, Friday night's conference showdown has plenty of bowl implications, especially for Cal, who will be eliminated from the postseason with a seventh loss this week.
Here we get you set with everything you need to know for this early November Pac-12 clash.
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
When: Friday, November 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Listen: KJR 950 AM (Seattle), KGO 810 FM (San Francisco)
Live Streaming: Pac-12.com
Betting Line: California (-3.5), according to Covers.com.
The topic of conversation on Friday night will be fourth place in the Pac-12 North division. The winner will have three conference wins and move into fourth place behind top-ranked Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford with just a few Pac-12 games left to go.
Neither team will be playing for the conference championship at season's end but both are attempting to finish with winning records against Pac-12 competition.
Washington Injury Report
*According to USA Today
WR James Johnson (Wrist), out until early November
RB Joshua Perkins (Disciplinary), out for season
RB Willis Wilson (Disciplinary), out for season
RB Jesse Callier (Knee), out for season
RB Deontae Cooper (Knee), out for season
DT Lawrence Lagafuaina (Leg), out for season
DE Hau'oli Jamora (Knee), out for season
LB Cooper Pelluer (Shoulder), out for season
OL Colin Tanigawa (Knee), out for season
OL Erik Kohler (Leg), out indefinitely
California Injury Report
*According to USA Today
LB Jalen Jefferson (Concussion), questionable for Friday
LB Chris McCain (Ankle), questionable for Friday
LB Brennan Scarlett (Hand), questionable for Friday
LB David Wilkerson (Ankle), questionable for Friday
LB Cecil Whiteside (Academics), out for season
LB Khairi Fortt (Knee), out for season
LB Jason Gibson (Foot), out indefinitely
OL Mark Brazinski (Knee), out indefinitely
DB Stefan McClure (Knee), out indefinitely
Although Washington is just 4-4 this season, the Huskies boast two impressive wins over Stanford and Oregon State (who were both ranked inside the Top 10 at the time). Who knows, if the Huskies can win out and finish 8-4 then maybe they can earn a trip to a cared-about bowl.
As for the home team, Cal must win out in order to finish 6-6 and become bowl eligible. That will be a very tall task though with games against Oregon and Oregon State still left to be played.
What They're Saying
This matchup has great history, which the Washington Huskies' official website shed some light on in the lead-up to Friday's game (via GoHuskies.com):
Washington and California are the only two teams that have played in what is now the Pac-12 Conference in every season since the league was founded in 1916. As that would indicate, they've played one another quite often. The Huskies hold a 50-38-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904.
You can bet both teams will be gunning for bragging rights from the moment the ball is first kicked.
Even before kickoff, get ready to see plenty of shiny fans in attendance on Friday night. According to the Cal Bears official Twitter account, this week's matchup with Washington will be a "Gold Out":
The Golden Bears will need to play like gold at home in order to beat the Huskies.
Washington Player to Watch
Washington quarterback Keith Price has disappointed this season. A year after throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns as a sophomore, Price boasts just 1,530 yards and eight touchdowns two-thirds of the way through the year.
Still, the Compton, Calif. native is the Huskies' best offensive weapon and will the man they call on to help them get a hard-fought road win on Friday night.
California Player to Watch
Junior wide receiver Keenan Allen is an absolute stud and has a bright future in the NFL if you ask me. At 6'3", Cal's leading wideout has all of the physical attributes to be great, and has done nothing but produce for Jeff Tedford's squad over the past three seasons.
Allen, whose half-brother is Cal quarterback Zach Maynard, has 61 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns. He has already tied his touchdown count from a year ago with three games left to play for the Golden Bears.
Despite Cal's recent struggles, their offense is always a threat, and must be firing on all cylinders on Friday night if the Golden Bears are to end their losing skid. Cal's best shot to win is to outscore Washington. The Huskies' defense has been giving up 28 points per game this season, but allowed just 30 points total in two wins over Stanford and Oregon State.
If last week's Huskies defense shows up against Cal, then Washington will be on its way to 5-4. Otherwise, the Golden Bears will be celebrating their third home victory of 2012.
On the Hot Seat
Without question, Cal's Jeff Tedford is on the hot seat this week. Tedford has coached the Golden Bears since 2002, and has won more than 80 games during his time in Berkeley. But still, Cal hasn't won a bowl game since 2008, and hasn't won a conference championship since 2006.
A loss at home to Washington would send the Golden Bears to 3-7 on the year, guaranteeing Tedford would finish under .500 for the second time in three years.
Cal's season has been heading down the drain ever since it lost a heart-breaker at Ohio State in mid-September. Sure, they are at home this week. But they have played extremely inconsistent football in Berkeley this fall and lack the signature wins that Steve Sarkisian's Huskies have. I predict that Washington will win its first road game of the year on Friday night.
Washington 21, California 17
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