The first road test of the season is upon us, let's hope we're as prepared as Bill Murray to take down some gophers!
Quick Keys to the game:
1) No Hibernating Bears: The Cal team has historically been slow to start on the road during early morning games and this one kicks off at 9AM PST so they better be ready to roll and not have a Maryland-esque performance.
2) Defense stays quiet: For all the talk surrounding the Bears prolific offense (111 points in 2 games), the Bears' defense has not gotten any pub and they've only allowed 20 points thus far. With lock down corner Syd'Quan Thompson the secondary is in good hands, and the new linebackers have proven extremely capable. We need another solid performance from this group to keep the Bears on the right path.
3) Get the ground game going early: Let Jahvid take the wind out of their sails early so that we can have Kevin Riley droppin' bombs to Marvin Jones and Nyan Boateng later. Getting Best and Vereen off to a good start is always a positive indicator for a Bears victory.
4) Special Teams: There have been several special teams plays throughout my Cal road experience that have proved costly/important to victory, one of them being Maurice Jones-Drew's punt return for a TD in the Rose Bowl back in '05. That play, and a fumble on our part, led to another loss on the road in LA. We need to be solid in this phase of the game, and if Syd'Quan can break off a punt return like those of DeSean Jackson in days past, it could be a game-breaker.