5 Cal players to watch

Published: Thursday, Oct. 20 2011 11:09 a.m. MDT

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Utes on the air Utah (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12) at California (3-3, 0-3) Saturday, 5 p.m. MT AT&T Park, San Francisco TV: KJZZ Radio: 700 AM
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Meh, I watched the Cal/USC game and Kendrick was awful. He took bad angles and was beat 75% of the time for big gains. Maynard's release is slow and he is only good throwing to the left side of the field. Allen is Maynards main target so Utah will shut that down. Isi won't have much success against a stout front 7 that likes to stop the run. This will be a battle of defenses and Field Goals.

Utah 23
Cal 13

Iowa City, IA

Whatever USC did. Do that.

Of course USC has Matt Barkley. Still, this Cal defense isn't much better, if at all, than Pitt's. Their offense is better, sure, but it's hard to say by how much. Pitt's Ray Graham enetered last weeks game as the FBS leading rusher...ahem. If the Utes can contain Maynard, and stay ahead in the turnovers category, I see them winning this one.

Ultimately, I agree with BigUtahFan, this will be a battle of defenses and field goals.

Utah 16
Cal 13

west jordan, ut

I won't make score predictions, it is an excercise in futility however, Utah will get their second win in a row. Utah's defense is so much better. I am impressed at how hard they play and the passion they bring. If they can give the offense the same passion, they could score big. Again, it will be about the turnovers.


I thought I read somewhere earlier this week that Utah LB Chaz Walker leads the conference in tackles. Does anyone know his stats? Anyhow, we have the nation's leader in tackle-for-loss yardage in Trevor Reilly, reigning national player of the week in Derrick Shelby, super brothers Dave and Joe Kruger, a guy I feel like most people don't know about but is an absolute beast up front in Tevita Finau, Star Lotulelei and James Aiono who can destroy blocking schemes all day, Matt Martinez and Chaz who are involved in the tackle on nearly every play, and Brian Blechen who has moved back to safety which allows for even more flexibility with the front seven. Should be just another good game for the Utes defense.

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