Cal OLB Scott Fujita is as good as they get and tailback Joe Igber is a fiesty little devil.
Oh, the times, how they are a changin'!
Apparently domination of the Potato State's finest has Las Vegas odds makers believing in Mike Price's undefeated bunch for the first time since 1997.
Or maybe it's just that they think California's Golden Bears — 0-2 with a pair of nearly identical drubbings at the hands of lowly Illinois and resurgent BYU — are that bad. And maybe, just maybe, the sporting world has resigned itself to the fact "Jesus In Cleats" — the moniker hung around the neck of Cal junior QB Kyle Boller before he'd even set foot on campus — is no messiah after all.
Of course, it doesn't hurt matters any that two of the Cougars' three Pac-10 wins since 1997 have come at the expense of these very same Berkeley Bears. Or that the Cougars have won ten straight over the Bears when playing at home.
Fourth-year Cal head coach Tom Holmoe stated at season's start that he'd be gone if a winning campaign didn't materialize this season. To stay employed, a win at WSU is pretty much a necessity.
The Bears' rocky start has deflated the hype that surrounded Holmoe's biggest off-season move: Hiring Al Borges away from UCLA to become the Bears' offensive coordinator. Surrendering 44 points each to Illinois and BYU while posting but 17 and 16, respectively, one has to presume the Borges Bears are still more teddy than Kodiak. A year ago, Cal ranked dead last in the Pac-10 with a 22-point per-game scoring average.
WSU ranks 13th nationally in rushing defense -- its Achilles heel a year ago — allowing 64 yards per game.
Senior Cougar slotback Nakoa McElrath leads the nation in receiving yards with 251 on 18 catches.
Brent Woodall, a Cal tight end in the early 1990s, is one of the thousands of people missing terrorist attack, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Woodall, a member of Cal's Citrus Bowl team in '91, worked as a stock trader on the 89th floor of the South Tower. Woodall called his father immediately after the North Tower was hit to tell him he was fine.
Two members of Cal's coaching staff were tabbed by Cougfan.com two years ago for it's All-Century All-Pac-10 Team: former Stanford receiver Ken Margerum and former Cal tackle Ed White.
Five true freshmen have played in WSU's first two games this season: linebacker Will Derting (Okanogan), receiver Trandon Harvey (San Diego), running backs Jimmy Wilson (Phoenix) and Allen Thompson (National City, Calif.) and defensive back Jeremy Bohannon (Richland).