Power front and center for the Big Game

On the 30th anniversary of a play highlighted by chaos and confusion, Saturday’s 115th Big Game will likely be characterized by the polar opposite. When the Cal and Stanford football teams clash at noon, it is unlikely there will be many surprises at Memorial Stadium. As in previous years, it
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Things getting better all the time

PULLMAN, WASH — That much maligned Cal offensive line is starting to grow up a little bit. For the majority of the season thus far, Cal’s front five have been by far the weakest portion of the team and shouldered much of the blame for the team’s 1-4 start. Over
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Live Blog: Cal football vs. UCLA

Follow along as Daily Cal football beat writers Connor Byrne, Jonathan Kuperberg and Michael Rosen and assistant sports editor Seung Y. Lee give play-by-play and analysis of the Cal’s Homecoming game against UCLA live from Memorial Stadium. Some story lines to follow: Cal’s quarterback protection, Brendan Bigelow‘s touches and Keenan Allen‘s reception
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Front and Center: Brian Schwenke’s control of his domain

Brian Schwenke knows the offensive line is under fire — he's at the center of it.

Make no mistake, Cal center Brian Schwenke knows the offensive line isn’t playing well. “Everybody’s obviously upset that we’re losing,” Schwenke says. “It’s our job to protect the quarterback. I know that he has been getting sacked and that alone can be the problem. We control that, as the offensive
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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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Pacing the Pac-12

The Bears have plenty of offensive weapons for 2012, as a receiving corp including Keenan Allen to go along with a proven backfield of seniors Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson will give quarterback Zach Maynard a plethora of options. But the key to the Bears’ seasons lies upfront along the offensive line. If seniors Brian Schwenke and Matt Summers-Gavin can overcome the complete inexperience of the three other starters, a nine-win season isn’t out of the question. But if the Bears struggle up front as they did for most of 2011 —giving up 28 sacks — Cal fans could be in for a long year.
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Position Preview: Offensive Line

The Year That Was The boys up front were as inconsistent as the rest of Cal’s offense in 2010. They helped running back Shane Vereen surpass the 1,000-yard mark on the ground — though he often had to work for those gains. That doesn’t paint the whole picture, however. When
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