Checking for problems in the Cal engine

LOS ANGELES — It’s becoming as predictable as a Mitt Romney gaffe. For the ninth consecutive year, the Bears were outmatched and outplayed by USC. Cal failed to shift their their car out of first gear, ultimately falling to the Trojans 27-9. The Cal offense resembles a 2011 BMW 740i
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Bears can’t break Trojans in first conference tilt

LOS ANGELES — With another opportunity to stun a top-15 team on the road, the Cal football team had its upset hopes dashed by an inability to convert touchdowns in the red zone. Despite winning the turnover battle on Saturday, the Bears could not win the war, falling to USC,
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Live Blog: Cal football vs. USC

Follow along as Daily Cal football beat writers Connor Byrne, Jonathan Kuperberg and Michael Rosen and sports editor Annie Gerlach give play-by-play and analysis of the Cal-USC game live from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

While the Trojans were fast asleep

Cal is never going to sneak up on USC again. Since 2003, the Bears have never seen an unfocused effort from the Trojans. And that’s not likely to change anytime soon. It’s just payback. In 2003, the Bears’ triple overtime win over then-No 1 USC ruined what would have been
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USC weapons set to test Cal defense

USC’s Matt Barkley was the Heisman Trophy frontrunner until last Saturday. The senior quarterback’s two interceptions led to a 21-14 loss to Stanford that bumped the Trojans down to No. 13 in the country and out of the national title picture, for now. The Cal football team does not expect
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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 3

1. Oregon (3-0) Oregon claims the highly sought-after top spot in the Daily Cal power rankings after holding serve against Tennessee Tech. The Ducks really haven’t been challenged yet, but their offense looks pretty ridiculous. Quarterback Marcus Mariota might be better than Darron Thomas or Jeremiah Masoli, and running back
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Bears in the Pros

Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers is far and away the greatest Cal football alumni currently in the NFL, mostly because he is arguably the NFL’s best player. Drafted 24th by the Packers in 2005, Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for the first three years of his career. In 2008, he gained the
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Hope is a good thing for Cal fans

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hope is a funny thing. It’s certainly a good thing, maybe even one of the best of things. And even after the Cal football team’s 35-28 loss at Ohio State on Saturday, that hope won’t die. Despite playing the No. 12 team in the country on its
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Cal nearly bucks Ohio State at Horseshoe

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It took Brendan Bigelow 21 seconds to make the Cal faithful believe on Saturday. It only took Vince D’Amato a few seconds to bring Ohio Stadium back to life. On the heels of Bigelow’s 59-yard touchdown run to tie the game in the fourth quarter and an
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