We did a Q&A with some of the guys over at California Golden Blogs. Here are their answers to our questions.
1. Cal took then-No. 12 Ohio State to the wire last weekend, before which many thought this team wouldn't be able to contend in the Pac-12. Did that game change your view of how good this team really is?
Kodiak: Most of us expected to be blown out at tOSU after the woeful showing against Nevada. Too small of a data set yet, but it was certainly more promising to lose a close one that appeared winnable than to be taken behind the woodshed. As good Cal fans, we know better than to get overly optimistic.
OhioBear: Yes, I suppose it does, but it changes it back to what I thought before. To paraphrase Dennis Green, we are what I thought we were. After the first two games, I thought this team was much worse than I thought. The performances against Nevada and Southern Utah were uninspiring and mistake-filled. Against Ohio State, Cal played much better and were competitive against a highly talented team, but just fell short. I thought that's what Cal could be before the season started, so I suppose that means I'm back to where I started on my view of how good we are.
OhioBear: Brendan Bigelow might. He had a breakout game last Saturday against Ohio State and could see more touches. He gives the Bears a dynamic quality from the running back position that neither Sofele nor C.J. Anderson has. At the WR position, perhaps Chris Harper. He's a true freshman, but has shown ability to run good routes and seems to be a guy that Maynard looks for. If USC is intent on stopping Allen, Harper might be a guy who Maynard will find open on a consistent basis.
OhioBear: If it's anyone, it will be Steve Williams. He is, IMO, Cal's best cover corner and is a good open field tackler who can minimize YAC.