Ole Miss football shootaround

Who’s got to step up on defense? Vikram Muller: Defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter and the front seven. After a passive three quarters against Weber State, Cal finally started to blitz late and with decent success. De Ruyter should cautiously utilize this a bit more than he has this season. With
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Costs of winning

You can’t say we weren’t warned. All week, Cal football head coach Justin Wilcox preached that Weber State was a well-coached team and that it would be another tough game to win. Offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin was similarly effusive about the Wildcats and their aggressive defense. It’s not like there
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Cal football comes back to beat Weber State, 33-20

When Patrick Laird scores a touchdown, or makes a big play, he does a book-reading celebration. Maybe it’s a testament to how hard he studies, how much he loves novels, or how well he knows the playbook. Who knows. What is for certain is Cal does not pull out Saturday’s
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Reserved Surprise

It’s safe to say that most people had very low expectations for the Cal football team this season. A new coaching staff with very few of its own recruits, a new defensive scheme and a starting quarterback not being announced until less than a week before the first game of
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Cal football opens season with massive upset of UNC, 35-30

CHAPEL HILL, NC — Cal football flew out East to open the season as a double-digit underdog. There were unforced errors and moments that seemed to justify Cal’s predicted finish towards the bottom of the Pac-12. But in the end, all that mattered is that Ross Bowers — named the starting
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Cal football depth chart features many new faces

The naming of a quarterback dominated the headlines after the release of Cal football’s depth chart Monday night, but there was plenty more to read into on both sides of the ball. Some moves simply confirmed decisions that were hinted at throughout the summer while others came as more full-blown
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Various pegs, and so many holes

Every new coach comes in preaching “culture.” The incoming regime on any team must first distance themselves from the party that got fired to open the hole that they filled. There’s usually a slam article or two on the recently deposed, some shocking stories that linger — but may or
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Cal football announces Ross Bowers as starting quarterback

Less than one week before Cal football opens its season against North Carolina, Cal head coach Justin Wilcox has named his starting quarterback. Redshirt sophomore Ross Bowers will be the signal caller after beating out redshirt junior Chase Forrest in a lengthy positional battle. “All the guys did a really
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Cal football schedule features early homestand, tough finish

Unlike last season, when the Cal football team alternated between home and road games for the majority of the season, the schedule this year features many consecutive home or road games. While a more alternating schedule often causes coaches to look at games on a week-by-week basis, having consecutive home
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