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Live from Berkeley: Punt, Pass, and Podcast

Your Hosts What would happen if you tried to do a podcast from an iPhone using a voice-recording program and a microphone intended for phone calls and not podcasting?

You’d get something loud and buzzy. You’d get this podcast, in fact.

Join Phil and Jason live-on-iPhone from Section FF in Memorial Stadium (that’s us over on the right) — and from outside a lovely Mexican restaurant in Alameda after the game — for observations on the spot about Cal’s not-remotely-exciting victory over Colorado State.

Curious? How could you not be?! Join us for eight minutes of sheer audio heaven, with special appearances by the Cal PA system and the Cal Band.

Oh, and among the things we learned: sometimes the Voice Recorder program doesn’t save properly. So our keen first-quarter observations and some of our comments from the Mexican restaurant in Alameda didn’t make it in. Yeah, we’re just as sad about it as you are.

Photos: Cal 42, Colorado State 7

The entire gallery is here.

Some good running early in the day:

Running space

But generally the Cal offense was anemic early:

Anger, punting

Riley gave it a whirl but didn’t really impress:

Riley throws

After the snap

Touchdown

But in the end, Cal won going away, and the team was happy:

Jumping for joy

ASU game picked up by ABC

I hadn’t seen much mention of this elsewhere, but the Cal vs. ASU game on 10/4 has been picked up and will be televised by ABC at 12:30 PM. It’s the first ‘traditional’ 12:30 home game for the Bears in a long time. How long… er… look it up yourself!

OK, OK, OK… I’ll do it: It was the 2006 (yes, that’s no typo) Big Game which had a noon kickoff (and as they say in music, that’s good enough for Jazz (meaning ‘close enough’)). The last one actually at 12:30 PM was the 2006 Washingtong game.

Looking more broadly, the next three games have their time set, but we’re still waiting on UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford as well as one of two slots for the Washington game that will be televised.

For the UCLA game there is still a 12:30 PM slot available at ABC that will be decided on Monday 10/10 however, that’s also the weekend of the Oregon vs. ASU game so a lot will depend on where those 4 teams are in the standings. If UCLA continues the downward spiral, Cal may be out of luck for the big networks and it may be back on Comcast-West.

For the Oregon game there is both a 12:30 PM ABC slot and a 3:30 PM FSN slot available that will be decided on Monday 10/17. I’m pretty confident Cal will get picked for one of the two. It just matters whether ASU vs. OSU is important enough to get the 12:30 spot over Cal vs. Oregon.

Oregon State has a 12:30 ABC slot and a 7:15 PM FSN slot available. There’s not a lot of good games that weekend and with OSU’s history of upsetting good teams, I think they’ll get picked up, but if either or both teams faulter sufficiently, this would be my guess for the obligatory “radio only” game for 2008.

Stanford is the odd one. While there are no contractual games available through the Pac-10, Cal hasn’t wrapped up a TV contract with CSN-W like they did for other games they didn’t have a contract option for. Does that mean this game won’t be on TV? Seems surprising if that’s the case. Perhaps they’re still in negotiation…

Finally, for Washingon, it’ll either be on FSN at noon or on ESPN(or 2) at 5:00 PM.

Let’s put this in table form shall we:

Date Opponent Current TV TV Options
9/27 Col. State CSN-W @ 12:30 n/a
10/4 ASU ABC @ 12:30 n/a
10/18 Arizona FSN @ 7:15 n/a
10/25 UCLA decision 10/10 ABC @ 12:30 or ?
11/1 Oregon decision 10/17 ABC @ 12:30 or FSN @ 3:30 or ?
11/8 USC ABC @ 5:00 n/a
11/15 OSU decision 11/3 ABC @ 12:30 or FSN @ 7:15 or ?
11/22 Big Game ? ?
12/6 UW guaranteed decision 11/24 FSN @ 12:00 or ESPN(2) @ 5:00

Playing at home

My next article is published at BearTerritory.net. This is a pretty unique article in that I combine player quotes and statistics in a review of just how much an advantage the Bears have playing at home.

http://cal.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=855525

If you’ve been needing an article to push you over the edge to get your BearTerritory.net subscription, this should be the one. There are some mind-boggling statistics I dug up when researching this article that you won’t see without that subscription.

Strength of conference

After yesterday’s debacle (could you imagine how Cal fans would react if Cal was on top of the polls and got knocked off by Oregon State… oh wait), I’ve done some thinking about the whole “tough conferences” and “strength of schedule” arguments that fly around the country.

First, let’s start with the obvious issue of that there will be two very different responses to last nights game depending on where your loyalties lie. Pac-10 haters will say: “Man, not only is the Pac-10 super weak, but USC can’t even beat them. They STINK!” Of course Pac-10 lovers will say: “See, look at how good the Pac-10 is. Not even USC can beat everyone in it!”

Who’s right? I think the real answer is neither of them.

The reality is that conferences don’t play conferences. Teams play teams. There are certain teams that matchup well against other teams and there are certain teams that have a knack for the upset. Add in that if you play the same game multiple times, the winner isn’t always the same, and we fans make WAY too much of each individual game and each individual matchup and its implication not only for those two teams but, and this is the part that really boggles the mind, for the whole conference. Heck, we go so far to make sweeping conclusions about conferences that weren’t even a part of that game.

I’m sorry, but there’s no way to make sense of Oregon State > USC >>> Ohio State >> Troy > Middle Tennessee > Maryland >> Cal >> Michigan State >>> Notre Dame… etc. Although I wasn’t able to find a loop in this case, it’s only because we’re a few weeks in. If Notre Dame beats Stanford, the loop would be complete! (As Stanford beat Oregon State.)

As much as everyone knows how bogus the above logic is, it’s downright miraculous just how frequently the same logic is used by the same people who admit it’s ridiculous. It’s so frequent and so ridiculous, the only thing it is in the end is hilarious.

So, here’s MY analysis of things:

There’s no doubt the SEC is a tough conference. They’ve got the highest number of quality teams and whoever wins that conference, minus some unforseen complication, deserves to play in the BCS championship game. However, the SEC also has a high number of weak teams. Kentucky, Vanderbuilt, Mississippi and Mississippi State all have proven to be dramatically sub-par over the last decade with a rare exception here and there.

The same can basically be said of the Big-12. Although the quality of those top teams is a bit lower than the SEC, there’s no doubt that facing the best in the Big-12 is no cakewalk. At the same time, they’ve got Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas State in the conference too.

Then you’ve got the Big East, ACC and Big-10. They’re all conferences that don’t have the fire-power on top, particularly this year, as the SEC and Big-12 and still have their share of weak teams. The possible exception would be the Big-10 that top to bottom might by the most solid conference on the wrong side of the Rockies.

Which brings me ot our beloved Pac-10. Is the Pac-10 the best conference in the land? No, it’s not. I’m not going try and blow that smoke where the sun don’t shine. USC, Cal, Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State just wouldn’t match up against Georgia, Florida, LSU and whoever next best two of Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama ends up being. But you know what, there’s a LOT of tough competition in the Pac-10. On any given Saturday, even some of the mediocre teams in the conference can best the best. When’s the last time the conference champion in the SEC lost to a team in the bottom third? Well, it’s happened 3 out of the last 4 years in the Pac-10. And relatively speaking, the last few years have been some of the most unbalanced in Pac-10 history due to USC’s dominance.

What does this all mean? Only God knows, really. But what it does mean is that anytime I hear some pundit or some fan trash-talk “USC and the 9 dwarves” or even when I hear someone trash-talking the SEC or the Big-12 or even the Big-10 with the standard “well look at these handfull of games that prove my point!” logic, they’re going to get no respect from me.

It’s just not that simple.

Statistical Preview article posted

My weekly statistical preview article, comparing Cal to Colorado State can be found at BearTerritory.net:

http://cal.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=855229

It is a subscription article.

For what it’s worth, if you want to do your own analysis on the statistics I generate, remember that you can generate the exact same statistics for any Pac-10 matchup. Just click on the “Stats” link towards the top of the page and then select the teams you want to compare. You could compare two teams like, oh I don’t know, USC and Oregon State. Everyone knows USC blew out Oregon State last night, you didn’t even have to watch… right?

Colorado State Preview Podcast

My press-conference/Tuesday practice podcast is posted over at BearTerritory.net:

http://cal.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=854747

The podcasts don’t require a subscription, so all can go listen. There’s lots of audio of Tedford, Riley, Worrell Williams, Noris Melele and Darian Hagan as well as my commentary.

Come hear me speak!

I meant to post this over the weekend, so sorry for the short notice. If you’re in the Sacramento area and want to up your stalker credentials, coming to hear me speak to the Sacramento Grid Club tonight at 6:15 PM should be on the top of your priority list.

The Grid Club is a Cal sports fan club. I guess there are a number around the state. They have weekly meetings to go over the previous game and have speakers come in. They asked me to speak this week. (They must be completely out of qualified speakers. :) ) I’ll be speaking about how I became a part-time sports writer and give my thoughts on the Bears outlook going forward.

Here’s a quick rundown from the organizer, John Boskovich:

We always welcome new members and would love to have folks come to the club as a guest this Wednesday.

The Grid Club’s guest policy is that we invite anyone who’s interested to show up for a meeting or two, in order to check out the club and see what we do. We ask those who are going to come to more than two meetings to join the club. 2008 membership is priced at (what we believe to be a very reasonable) $55 (which includes attendance at all club meetings and also includes $25 off the price of the Tiny Bates Award banquet held in February.)

More details about the Sac Grid Club are available on the website, which is www.sacgridclub.com.

The location of the meeting is at the Sterling Hotel, which is located at the corner of 13th and H Streets in downtown Sacramento. The meeting starts at 5:15 with a review of the Maryland game film.

Come on out!

Maryland On The Road Home podcast

Well, this seems to be the year of the remarkably late podcast. I’m still struggling to keep in front of everything I have to do. Those desks and bookshelves that were supposed to be finished before the season started and then by Labor day and then by last weekend are STILL not done. Luckily, I’m really close. The desks are in the house and are about 30 minutes of working time from complete (waiting for some glue to dry) and the bookshelves just need to be polished and have the cabinet doors and drawers attached before they’re done. So hopefully by this coming Sunday, everything will be done and I’ll be more prompt with my podcasts and you’ll see a lot more posting around here.

In any case, I did record the podcast shortly after the Maryland game. It was just a matter of editing all of it together. Here’s a list of all the quotes after my commentary:

  1. Tedford on overall performance
  2. Tedford on each player doing their job
  3. Tedford on traveling coast-to-coast
  4. Tedford on Best’s performance
  5. Tedford on Maryland’s play versus previous games
  6. Tedford on young receivers
  7. Tedford on 3rd down conversions
  8. Tedford on non-call on safety
  9. Tedford on when one can challenge
  10. Tedford on bye week coming up
  11. Tedford on momentum and interception
  12. Tedford on natural grass/turf
  13. Tedford on how the loss affects the season
  14. Tedford on confusion on field
  15. Riley on Maryland’s performance
  16. Riley on weather
  17. Riley on running vs waiting
  18. Riley on Jahvid Best’s performance
  19. Best on playcall when he was hurt
  20. Best on how bad he was hurt
  21. Best on how he was stopped
  22. Best on weather/traveling
  23. Best on recovering from the loss
  24. Best on mental errors
  25. Best on natural grass/turf
  26. Gregory on Maryland’s performance
  27. Gregory on 1st half vs. 2nd half
  28. Gregory on why team didn’t perform well
  29. Gregory on rebounding
  30. Gregory on weather
  31. Gregory on areas that need work
  32. Gregory on pass rush

The University of California Marching Band is Under the Direction of Robert O. Briggs

briggs.jpgRobert O. Briggs, who “joined the Cal Band as a freshman in the fall of 1947 and essentially never left,” has died at the age of 81.

As someone for whom the opening ceremonies before a Cal game are as close as I’m ever going to get to the level of pomp, ceremony, and symbolic meaning of a Catholic mass (sorry, Ken), it’s fair to say that in some ways Robert O. Briggs was the leader of my own peculiar church choir.

Never knew the man, never spoke a word to him. But the fact is, the phrase that heads this blog post is a phrase that will take me back to my childhood, fall Saturdays spent in Strawberry Canyon at Memorial Stadium. And I know I’m not alone — Briggs’s name would be cheered every year at Alumni Band Day when it was announced that he was conducting both bands as a part of the halftime show.

The Chronicle obituary is sweet and, I’ll admit, the air on my bus ride to work this morning got a bit dusty as I read about Briggs and his commitment to the Cal band, especially this part:

Mr. Briggs never married and leaves no children. “You could say that the Cal Band was his family,” said Calonico. “It was a big part of his life.”

CAL BAND’S GREAT!

Jamie Rawson, Bass ’77, has a remembrance of Briggs at California Golden Blogs. And Erin’s got a remembrance on her blog.

Blogging the ‘Big Trip': Back home

I left from Maryland from the Baltimore Airport at 6 AM (waking up at 3:45 AM is no fun). After a stop-over in Atlanta I was home by 10:30 AM thanks to the 3 hour time difference. At which point my internal clock went haywire now trying to stay up until what was after midnight from an east coast perspective.

Overall, it was one heck of a trip. If only the Bears had won in Maryland, it would have been a smashing success, albeit a bit long and tiresome. My feeling this morning as I was driving into work is that I need a vacation after my vacation.

Just for the record, here’s a list of everything I saw (in order):

  1. Spokane
  2. Martin (WSU) Stadium
  3. Longmeadow, MA and Hartford, CT (briefly)
  4. NYC:
    1. World Trade Center
    2. WTC Cross
    3. Lombardi’s Pizza
    4. Empire State Building
    5. Times Square
    6. Rockafeller Center
    7. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
    8. Central Park (briefly)
    9. United Nation’s building
    10. Central Station
    11. Ellis Island
    12. Statue of Liberty
  5. Philidelphia:
    1. Liberty Bell
    2. Independence Hall
    3. Rocky Steps
    4. Pat’s King of Steaks (home of first Phili Steak Sandwich)
  6. Washington DC:
    1. National Archives (Declaration of Independence/Constitution)
    2. Washington Monunment
    3. WWII Memorial
    4. Vietnam War Memorial
    5. Lincoln Memorial
    6. Korean War Memorial
    7. FDR Memorial
    8. Jefferson Monument
    9. Air and Space Museum
    10. ESPN Zone DC
    11. St. Matthew’s Cathedral
    12. Dupont Circle
    13. Union Station
    14. Postal Museum
    15. Capitol Building (Congress)
    16. Supreme Court Building
    17. Library of Congress
    18. Arlington Cemetary (inc. Unknown Soldier Tomb and Kennedy’s Tomb)
    19. White House
  7. Byrd (U. Maryland) Stadium

Are you tired after reading that list? Because I am tired after doing it! All in all, although each stop lacked the depth I would have liked, I view it as a “survey” trip that when I go back with the family as the kids get older, I’ll better know where I want to and spend a lot of time. The only things I missed on my list was the National Cathedral, the Catholic Bascilica and 3 of the Smithonian Museums (Natural History, Holocaust, National History), all in DC.

It additionally more than doubled the number of states I’ve been to (not counting those I either just was in the airport or did when I was a kid too young to remember the trip) from 7 (California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Texas, Idaho and Ohio) to 15 (adding Washington, Conneticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland) . Woohoo!

In any case, it was also good to see the Bears play both their road games and I bet being in Maryland was a lot less frustrated seeing it (and having a good sense of what was going wrong as opposed to the limited view one gets on TV) than at home. Although I bet if I flew out just for the game I’d have a different perspective.

It’s good to be back home and expect more analysis posts during this bye week and my Maryland podcast by tomorrow morning.

Maryland articles published

Here are my two articles that were published at BearTerritory.net after the Maryland game:

Cal-Maryland Postgame reaction
Toughness factor (about Javhid Best)

Both are subscription articles.

Liveblog: Maryland 35, Cal 27

It’s that time, folks. Time for a waffle and some orange juice, as we wake up and start our weekend.

Oh, wait, that’s not it. It’s time for a Cal football game. At nine in the freakin’ morning?!

Fortunately for our correspondent Ken Crawford it’s more like noon — because he’s in College Park, Maryland at Byrd Stadium.

Me, I’m wearing my pajamas and sitting on my couch. But we’ll both be commenting on the game, live, as it happens. So stay tuned!

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Blogging the ‘Big Trip': In Byrd Stadium

Well, after the WSU game, a day of travel, a day of visiting with family and 4 days of sight-seeing, (Tues: NYC, Weds: NYC & Phili, Thurs: DC monuments, Fri: DC government) it’s finally gameday. Frankly, it couldn’t have come soon enough at this point. I’m ready for this trip to be over. I’ve been all over the place this week. I actually accelerated my arrival in Maryland just so that I could sleep in the same bed for more than one night.

It started raining yesterday afternoon. Something us west coasters just don’t know how to deal with is rain combined with heat. I broke out my ‘light’ coat when it started raining (I knew to bring a rain-coat) but quickly had to take it off because what I really needed was rain-protection and rain-protection only. My coat was just way too warm (and it’s really a light coat). Heck, I was hot even with the jacket off and soaking wet.

Today the rain is gone although there is rain in the forecast, but I don’t see how as there is sunshine in all directions. However, the humidity is WAY up from earlier in the week and I was sweating bullets in 70 degree weather walking around Byrd stadium.

The stadium is interesting to say the least. It looks like it used to be a 20K-25K concrete horseshoe that they’ve added to. On the north side they’ve added a very tall and steep concrete grandstand that doubles the capacity of the stadium. It’s pretty imposing and bet it will be even more so once the fan start yelling. On the south side they’ve added a narrow but long and tall pressbox (5 stories). Currently in construction are suites to the west of the pressbox. The steepness suggests that this stadium will do an excellent job of keeping the noise in, although the open ends may hurt that. The seating in the stadium is entirely aluminum bleachers.

My seats in the press box are very good again. 45 yard line, 2nd row. I think it’s the first time I’ve been in the 2nd row and not relegated to the “chump/small time reporter” 3rd row, if they have it. The height off the field is very good, a bit higher than at Memorial but still very good. The biggest problem I have in pressboxes is the laptop screen obscuring my own view. I generally have to lean it way down to see the whole field. I suspect if I was Riley’s height, I wouldn’t have that problem.

Look forward to live-blogging once the game begins. Jason will likely host and I’ll feed him my thoughts as the game goes on.

WSU recap, Maryland “preview,” and Hair Metal – podcast

With Ken on the east coast, it’s time for the two-man podcast. Unfortunately, Ken’s the one who brings that strange seasoning called “knowledge” to the proceedings. Without which, Phil and I soldier on to discuss:

  • Washington State: Small and fuzzy
  • What kinds of games do you prefer to watch – taut thrillers or blowouts?
  • Meet Your Opponent! Maryland Terrapins Edition.
  • Phil and Jason try to identify ’80s hair metal bands
  • iTunes 8’s new Genius feature and how it will fail you if you try to play a song by Ratt
  • The unique likes and dislikes of Phil’s wife, Lisa
  • The Maryland fight song
  • Our complete lack of knowledge of anything.

All this in a delightful 23 minute podcast package. Enjoy!

Maryland Preview Article Published

My statistical preview of the Maryland game has been published over at BearTerritory.net:

http://cal.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=849074

This is a subscription article.

Thoughts on the SAHPC

Being out of town when the action went down, I won’t try to recap what happened. (OK, a quick recap: All trees but one came down by Saturday and the tree sitters stayed in their lone remaining tree until Tuesday when the University started building scaffolding until it reached the tree-sitters and the inevitable was clear and they came down after getting a couple of minor “concessions”.)

A couple of comments though:

1. The scaffolding was an awesome way to go. It ensured safety to a degree that I didn’t think was possible. But when there is a large platform 5 feet below the tree-sitters platform, it’s pretty clear that the tree-sitters would have come down safely if they hadn’t surrendered. Way to go University for doing their research and finding the best way to extract the tree-sitters.

2. These “concessions” are a bit worrisome. I’ve read a bunch about it, and it might entirely be spin from the tree-sitters, but if the University made any concessions no matter how small, it was too big. Promising to “involve the community in future land use issues” is an implicit admission that they didn’t “involve the community” in past decisions. Which is down-right ridiculous. The only side that has been willing to compromise is the University. They made all kinds of concessions throughout this process and in the end ZERO concessions where made by the tree-sitters until it was blatently obvious they had both lost and they had 10 minutes left before being easily yet forcibly removed from the trees.

I’m sorry, ZERO CONCESSIONS is the right way to go here. Don’t give them any encouragement for the future. Even if they didn’t gain anything here, if they BELIEVE they did, it will embolden them in the future to continue to pull stupid pranks/protests like this in the future. It is absolutely critical they realize that they completely wasted two years of their lives without gaining a single thing. It’s the only way they and their successors will realize how stupid it is to protest like this.

But overall, today is a day to celebrate. The SAHPC is in progress and completely unhindered at this point. They can construct away and make progress as fast as they can. That is enough to be joyous about.

GO BEARS!

Blogging the ‘Big Trip': In Maryland

Well, my quick tour of the East Coast has already made it to its final destination: College Park, MD.

On Tuesday morning my brother and I left Springfield, MA for New York City. We booked a hotel in Newark, NJ because, well, we’re cheap and NYC hotels are ridiculously priced. So, we found a hotel (Comfort Suites for $80 a night) not far from Newark-Penn Station which is on the end of the commuter subway from NJ into NY (so the subway ride in was only $1.75) called PATH.

The other unexpected “upside” was that this was the rail that terminates underneath the World Trade Center, or at least used to. So, while tourists who stayed in NYC are straining to find a spot to peak through the covered fences and see what remains in the hole in the ground, PATH takes you right through the middle of the what left of the sub-structure. If you’re interested in getting a good view of WTC, that’s the way to do it. If you’re already in NYC, you’ll have to actually take a trip to NJ and catch the train back to get the view because it’s not visible on your way out.

Once we got into town around 1:00 PM (drive from Springfield plus commuting in took a long time), our first order of business was to have lunch at Lombardi’s, the oldest/first pizza joint in the US. It was a fine pie. Definitely worth the trip for those pizza lovers out there. From there it was to the Empire State Building (a horrible tourist trap), Times Square, Rockafeller Center, St. Patricks Cathedral (a very important stop to me), the UN (already closed for tours by the time we got there) and Central Station. (Have I mentioned I’ve never been to NYC before? Or was it obvious?) We made great use of the in-town subway too and their $7.50 all day pass.

The last thing of note that we found was the cross from the WTC. Many know about it, but here’s more details at wikipedia. Well, at the moment it is being temporarily stored next to St. Peter’s Catholic Church which is essentially adjacent to the WTC. But it’s in a pretty unremarkable location on the side of the Church by the sidewalk without anything of note pointing out that it’s there. In fact, I walked by it and only noticed it when I did a double take on why there was a piece of steel sitting there. In fact, it was only at the end of the day when I came back to take pictures of it (to be posted later) that anyone else who walked by noticed it.

It was pretty funny to see the chain reaction of people noticing it as I was taking pictures and then others taking notice of it because the previous people had taken note of it. For all of 5-10 minutes after I took pictures just about everyone who walked by stopped to take a look. But by the time I was out of view of the area, it returned to being unnoticed.

The next day, today, we did the ferry tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Since we were in Newark, we took the ferry from the NJ side, which was far superior as about 4 out of every 5 people who were on the islands were on the NYC ferries. So while our ferries had no lines and were half empty, the ones from NYC required waiting a couple ferries to get through the line and then be crammed in like sardines.

We continued our tour down to Philadelphia in the afternoon. We saw the Liberty Bell and tried to see Independence hall, but were unable to go in because they had finished tours for the day (notice a pattern here?). From there we went to check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art, not because of the art because it’s famous from the Rocky movies for being the steps that he ran up all the time. There’s even a statue of Rocky off to the side and foot-prints of Rocky’s feet on the top of the stairs.

Finally, before heading to College Park, we stopped at the home of the first Phili Cheese Steak. It was pretty mediocre and you can get just as good a sandwich at any respectable place.

From there we drove to College Park. I took far too many pictures and I won’t bore all of you with them. Tomorrow, we’ll head into DC and tour it. We’ll do more of the same on Friday. Then of course, the Maryland game on Saturday.

More to follow…

Cal back in the rankings

Cal is ranked 23rd in the AP and 25th in the Coaches poll, basically taking the place of UCLA who dropped just out of the polls once everyone realized that their win over Tennessee was not as great as it seemed when they handed in last week’s ballot, only hours after watching the upset.

WSU game podcast

Here’s my On The Road Home Podcast for the Washington State game. Listen for the quotes at the end from Tedford and the players. Here’s a listing of the quotes:

  1. Tedford on Best and Vereen’s capabilities
  2. Tedford on Syd’s interceptions
  3. Tedford on getting backups playing time
  4. Tedford on Longshore’s playing time
  5. Vereen on playing with Best
  6. Vereen on Best’s opening play TD
  7. Vereen on getting a big lead early
  8. Riley on broken play for TD
  9. Riley with more on broken play for TD
  10. Riley on things to work on
  11. Riley on getting passing game going
  12. Follett on blocked FG for TD
  13. Follett on Best’s TD run to start game
  14. Williams on 2nd half determination
  15. Williams on Follett and Syd’s returns
  16. Syd on 1st interception
  17. Syd on 2nd interception
  18. Syd on getting caught