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Cal hoping to rebound from opening loss

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Sept. 7 2012 7:12 p.m. MDT

BERKELEY, Calif. — After christening newly renovated Memorial Stadium with a season-opening loss to Nevada, California coach Jeff Tedford shouldn't have a difficult time keeping his players from overlooking Southern Utah.

Still, it could prove to be a tricky task for the Golden Bears.

The Thunderbirds are in their first season in the FCS Big Sky Conference and are coming off a 31-point loss at Utah State despite having what Tedford calls "a big-time pro prospect" in quarterback Brad Sorensen.

Tedford, who coached Aaron Rodgers at Cal from 2003-04, is impressed with Sorensen.

"He can put the ball anywhere on the field. He's not overly mobile, but we definitely have to pressure him and cover. If guys are open he's going to hit them no matter where they are," Tedford said.

Cal also is limping into the game and will be without starting right tackle Matt Summers-Gavin.

Then there's the back-to-back road trips to No. 14 Ohio State and second-ranked Southern California looming after today's game.

Center Brian Schwenke doesn't think the Bears will have an issue keeping their focus on the Thunderbirds.

"After the loss I don't think that's going to be a problem," Schwenke said. "That may help, keeping that in our minds. It doesn't matter who we play. It really comes down to how we play as a team."

Top 25

No. 1 Alabama vs. Western Kentucky, 1:30 p.m.

No. 2 Southern Cal vs. Syracuse at East Rutherford, N.J., 1:30 p.m.

No. 3 LSU vs. Washington, 5 p.m.

No. 4 Oregon vs. Fresno State, 4:30 p.m.

No. 5 Oklahoma vs. Florida A&M, 5 p.m.

No. 6 Florida State vs. Savannah State, 4 p.m.

No. 7 Georgia at Missouri, 5:45 p.m.

No. 8 Arkansas vs. Louisiana-Monroe at Little Rock, Ark., 5 p.m.

No. 9 South Carolina vs. East Carolina, 10:21 a.m.

No. 11 Michigan State at Central Michigan, 1:30 p.m.

No. 12 Clemson vs. Ball State, 10:30 a.m.

No. 13 Wisconsin at Oregon State, 2 p.m.

No. 14 Ohio State vs. UCF, 10 a.m.

No. 15 Virginia Tech vs. Austin Peay, 11:30 a.m.

No. 16 Nebraska at UCLA, 5:30 p.m.

No. 17 Texas vs. New Mexico, 6 p.m.

No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan vs. Air Force, 1:30 p.m.

No. 20 TCU vs. Grambling, 5 p.m.

No. 21 Kansas State vs. Miami, 10 a.m.

No. 22 Notre Dame vs. Purdue, 1:30 p.m.

No. 23 Louisville vs. Missouri State, 1:30 p.m.

No. 24 Florida at Texas A&M, 1:30 p.m.

No. 25 Stanford vs. Duke, 8:30 p.m.Saturday's Top 25 games

No. 1 Alabama vs. W. Kentucky, 1:30 p.m.

No. 2 USC vs. Syracuse at at East Rutherford, N.J., 1:30 p.m.

No. 3 LSU vs. Washington, 5 p.m.

No. 4 Oregon vs. Fresno State, 4:30 p.m.

No. 5 Oklahoma vs. Florida A&M, 5 p.m.

No. 6 Florida State vs. Savannah St., 4 p.m.

No. 7 Georgia at Missouri, 5:45 p.m.

No. 8 Arkansas vs. Louisiana-Monroe at Little Rock, Ark., 5 p.m.

No. 9 S. Carolina vs. E. Carolina, 10:21 a.m.

No. 11 Michigan St. at C. Michigan, 1:30 p.m.

No. 12 Clemson vs. Ball State, 10:30 a.m.

No. 13 Wisconsin at Oregon State, 2 p.m.

No. 14 Ohio State vs. UCF, 10 a.m.

No. 15 Va. Tech vs. Austin Peay, 11:30 a.m.

No. 16 Nebraska at UCLA, 5:30 p.m.

No. 17 Texas vs. New Mexico, 6 p.m.

No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan vs. Air Force, 1:30 p.m.

No. 20 TCU vs. Grambling, 5 p.m.

No. 21 Kansas State vs. Miami, 10 a.m.

No. 22 Notre Dame vs. Purdue, 1:30 p.m.

No. 23 Louisville vs. Missouri St., 1:30 p.m.

No. 24 Florida at Texas A&M, 1:30 p.m.

No. 25 Stanford vs. Duke, 8:30 p.m.

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