Gameday: No. 24 Cal vs. No. 7 USC

The game has lost some of its national appeal, but No. 24 California vs. No. 7 USC on Saturday night will go a long in the Pac-10 conference race...

No. 24 California vs. No. 7 USC

Saturday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m. (PT)
Berkeley, Calif. - Memorial Stadium

TV: ABC - Ron Franklin (Play-By-Play), Ed Cunningham (Analyst), Shelley Smith (Sideline Reporter)
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USC leads the all-time series against Cal, 61-30-5, and has won five in a row since Cal's memorable 34-31 triple overtime victory over the Trojans at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 27, 2003, when a 38-yard field goal by Tyler Fredrickson on the Bears' second possession of the extra period provided the game-winning margin. Cal also had a recent run of success against the Trojans with three straight victories over USC from 1998-2000.

Games Played: 96
Series Record: USC leads, 61-30-5
First Meeting: 11/28/12, Cal 18-0
Last Meeting: 11/8/08, USC 17-3
Current Streak: USC win five
Tedord vs. USC: 1-6

With each team having already suffered a conference loss early in the season, the highly anticipated game has been transformed from one that most thought would determine the Pac-10 champion into one that both teams need to win to stay realistically in the Pac-10 title hunt.

The Golden Bears are looking to rebound from last Saturday's shocking 42-3 loss at the hands of Oregon in Eugene that ended their six-game overall win streak. Cal has still won nine in a row in Berkeley with its last defeat at Memorial Stadium coming against the Trojans the last time USC visited on Nov. 10, 2007. The nine-game home string of victories is only one shy of the longest under head coach Jeff Tedford.

The Golden Bears were dominant in their first three games of 2009, outscoring opponents by a 146-41 margin and moving up six spots from their No. 12 preseason ranking to the No. 6 spot in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today poll prior to the Oregon game. After the loss to the Ducks, Cal fell to No. 19 in the USA Today poll and to No. 24 in the latest AP Top 25 rankings released on Sept. 27.

Cal started its season with home victories over Maryland (52-13) and Eastern Washington (59-7) - the Bears' first back-to-back 50-point efforts since 1973. The Golden Bears then took their show on the road with a convincing 35-21 win at Minnesota as Heisman Trophy candidate TB Jahvid Best broke a modern-era school record with five rushing TDs.

USC opened its 2009 season with a 56-3 thrashing of San Jose State but has struggled offensively since. The Trojans scored on their final drive to win 18-15 at Ohio State but were then knocked off 16-13 in Seattle by a Washington team that had won only one of its previous 16 games. USC righted the ship with a 27-6 victory over Washington State in its most recent contest last Saturday in Los Angeles.

Gameday Features

Who's the Doss on Cal-USC - Luster or Not, Saturday Will Be a Fight

The Scout Show - Video: Cal-USC Preview

CSD TV Feature on Kevin Riley - Riley Remains Confident

Weekly Presser Feature - Learning from 2007

Head-2-Head Spotlight - Jahvid Best vs. Taylor Mays

Early Game Look - Cal, USC Talking the Talk

Mr. Pac-10's Picks

Picking the Pac

Pac-10 Weekly Review

Big Recruiting Weekend

Cal welcomes in a host of top flight recruits for their official visit to Berkeley this weekend. From uncommitted five-stars Sean Parker and Lache Seastrunk to four-star Cal verbal commits Austin Hinder and Cecil Whiteside, the Bear coaching staff will do its best to lockup some of the top talent in the 2010 recruiting class.

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