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Cal vs. Washington State Football



Cal vs. Washington State Football

Has it finally happened? Have the Bears finally completed a shocking transition back into the Sonnyball Era teams of the mid-2010s? During conference play the Bears have surrendered 44 points per game. Over that stretch we have seen offensive explosions and equally shocking tendencies to allow double-digit leads to evaporate nearly instantaneously in the fourth quarter. When it goes wrong, we get something like the USC game. When it goes right, we get an outcome like last week’s Wazzu game.

Below we have the fanbase’s ratings across our usual array of categories alongside standard deviations, or representations of how much variation there was in our ratings. For such an up-and-down performance, those standard deviations are surprisingly small this week (by comparison, the SDs in last week’s Oregon loss were around 30).

Jaydn Ott and the ground game led the way with the highest scores of the day (and that’s despite some fumbles). Special teams finished second-highest with another set of solid scores; that’s a welcome reprieve from the struggles in the first half of the year. Most other categories finished with solid scores in the 60s, except pass defense’s lowest grade of the week. The decline in pass defense over the last several years is remarkable. Looking ahead to this weekend, our predictions of a Big Game win have dipped slightly since preseason. However we still heavily favor the Bears in this one.

It has been a wacky set of games against the Cougs since we started this series. We have seen defensive rockfights, offensive explosions, and several wildly one-sided fights. As a result, the spread of prior scores is rather large.

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Comparing Saturday’s ratings (gold) to all previous ratings in Wazzu games.

Compared to recent matchups against the Cougs, this one was mixed. Offense was better than usual, defense was worse than usual, special teams were better than usual, and coaching and overall were exactly in the middle of previous ratings.

Compared to the rest of the Wilcox Era, these ratings look pretty good.

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Other than pass defense, everything finished with better-than-usual-scores. Run offense and special teams were both right around their respective 75th percentiles, but nothing was distinctly bad or good last week.

As always, we have our usual slate of awards to give away.

First, the top-five highest scores of the week. The number in parentheses next to the name represents the number of previous appearances in this award category.

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Old Bear 71 shakes things up this week by breaking up the typical 1-2 finish by Calamo and Bowlesman.

Next, the lowest ratings of the week.

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The floor was high this week, as some of these scores would have earned Sunshine Pumper awards last week.

Finally, the raters closest to the community average.

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A week after seeing some alarmingly high scores in the double digits and teens, this week’s leading entries were back to the usual range of scores (usually the top-five score 3ish to 8ish). That is likely aided by the much smaller spread in ratings this week.

Onwards to the comments of the week.

KJ1980: Cal won because of scores off of turnovers. That spotted us 22 points. We lose without the turnovers. Cal was lucky to win

HaasBear: This was a battle of two teams who could not get out of their own way.

Cal v Navy ’63: Blabber mouth ESPN commentators. Wasn’t sure we were watching the same game!

Old Bear 71: Ah, the joy of an “at the stadium” experience!

Came with the Mrs. from North Carolina and it was completely worth the trip! A Bears win is so hard to find. Special bonus to be with son’s family and even see Twist! (No, I would punch him ; ).

Goldenone: Nice game and it was good to see the crowd filing in during Q1. On TV at kickoff memorial looked like a Ghost Town

HelloBowlesHall: Good energy for a small crowd. We really wanted a win after this tough season.

CoBears: Beautiful day; important result; but turnovers nearly lost it for us (again).

heyalumnigo: First tailgate in the new spot. Great weather. Great friends. Great food. Cal win. What else is there?

The Ghost of Joe Roth: Fernando’s lost fumble was a huge moment for wsu but overall he was solid.

Old Bear 71: Nando puts the ball on the hands. Receivers mostly held on. When they do: Two TD’s!

sacman701: Dinked and dunked fairly well, but we had just one explosive play, two sacks, and some misfires at crucial times. With all that, we struggled to move consistently against a shaky defense. Mendoza has a long way to go.

CoBears: Mendoza has moments, but needs to learn to step up into the pocket to avoid the rush from behind. The fumble at the start of the second half was solely because he didn’t do that. He looks pretty good, though, and gives me some confidence for next year.

Willis Chong: Mendoza got away with quite a few bad throws. Still he made enough plays in the first half. I guess the coaching staff was too afraid to let him loose in the 4th quarter because of possible turnovers. Well, we coughed it up anyway.

Rose Bowl Oski: Seems like we should have been able to do better against their weak DBs

sacalum: Nothing spectacular, but mistake-free — and that counts for a lot.

The Ghost of Joe Roth: JAYDN OTT!!!

KJ1980: Ott is a strong runner. But his fumble in the end zone, which we covered, and in the 4q, which we did not, hurt. The one we lost tightened the game up considerably.

1988goldenbear: Having Ott for a full game is key

fuzzywuzzy: In Ott we must trust. Gotta give higher ratings for breaking 1000, for giving us an offensive TD, for not being out indefinitely with injury, and for finding a way to get some tough yards when we needed it. Knocked off some points for two fumbles, one with particularly timing, the other at the goal line.

CoBears: Ott is awesome, but the fumbles weee disappointing and a problem. I have faith it was an anomaly.

heyalumnigo: I didn’t realize Ott averaged over 4 YPC (if you ignore the long 50 yard run). For some reason, I thought it was fewer carries than that. Although I guess he ran the ball in almost 50% of the offensive plays.

sacalum: Jaydn continues to be a shining star. He is so much fun to watch, but two fumbles? Driscoll played heads-up football scooping up Ott’s fumble and scoring.

Tangtpt: Jayden Ott is my king!!! He just does his thing and does it well. Gawd, I hope he stays!

The Ghost of Joe Roth: Good to see so many sacks but still not great

KJ1980: Ward is a good QB. Cal got a rush on home but he still hit his yards. Our secondary is weak.

HaasBear: The good, the QB pressures. The bad, wide open receivers. The real bad, blitzes getting there but not completing the play allowing big plays.

1988goldenbear: We allowed too many big plays, but 6 sacks is fantastic!

fuzzywuzzy: Other than the sack/fumble, this pass defense -one with some bets on it – is like that creepy old rope bridge, barely hanging on, that you need to cross over the ravine to get to safety on the other side. If you don’t cross, you’ll be forced to choke yourself silly by opposing fans, but the chances are good it will give way, sending your head crashing into the bar table.At least the cute waitress feigns empathy for you, but really, has no idea why you put yourself through this.

Old Bear 71: Tough enough. When Cam Ward is On he’s hard to stop, but our guys did what was necessary (Bearly).

CoBears: Seemed like we did OK, but the stats (and time on the field) say otherwise. Ward is good, though, so my grade may be low.

Willis Chong: Look, Cam Ward is a good QB, so not all the blame is on the pass D. Got pressure but never seemed to be able to sack, at least consistently

heyalumnigo: Bend don’t break I guess. it took 34 completions on 59 attempts for Ward to get 354 yards. The one longer TD in the back left corner of the N endzone was a really good throw. Not sure what the coaches did but there was pressure on Ward. Seemed like he held the ball on too long to try to make something happen which caused the fumbles. @Maybe he has small hands@

sacalum: We gave up a ton of yards, but the Coug QB threw 60 times, and our long-lost pass rush was dominating at times. Best QB harassing I’ve seen in years.

HaasBear: Our interior linebacker play was tough most the day. On countless plays our ILB’s were just waiting to get blocked rather than attacking the point of attack.

1988goldenbear: We took advantage of the Wazzu fumbles, but we gave up way too many yards on the ground.

Old Bear 71: Haha, a couple of scoop n scores makes any defense look sweet. Also we we not subjected to big chunk run after big chunk run.

wiata78: Hard to really say since WSU doesn’t run the ball.

CoBears: Mostly good, except for a key drive where WSU ran it down our throats down 3 scores unexpectedly. Stats inflated for WSU because of that drive.

Willis Chong: They gashed us up the middle. Then Cam Ward would run it up the side as we lost contain. ESPN2 said we had a spy, but it seemed like that spy was hardly in position to stop a 7-9 yard scamper

heyalumnigo: Seemed like the run defense was good. Also kinda a bend don’t break. 3.4 average yards and the long was on a QB scramble. We still can’t stop the short yardage runs.

KJ1980: The special teams did not hurt us this week. WSU missed two! Field goals. Bad stuff

HaasBear: Our special teams was better than Wazzu’s today and that was the difference.

1988goldenbear: Luck went our way on the FG’s – I’ll take it! We don’t seem to have a firm grasp on how to handle punts, and it felt like Wazzu was way too close to breaking a return for big yards.

fuzzywuzzy: No disgusting returns on us, so there’s that. Shouldn’t fair catch at the 5, tho.

sacman701: Nothing stood out. At least we aren’t giving up stupid kickoff returns anymore.

CoBears: Fair catch at the 5? Coverage had me concerned a couple times again, too.

heyalumnigo: No missed PATs. Decent KO return coverage. ESPN box score has Luckhurst getting a PAT, but I assume that’s wrong.

The Ghost of Joe Roth: Well, not terrible

HaasBear: We just gave up 39 points to a team that Stanford held to 7. I don’t see how you conceivably keep anyone on the defensive staff this offseason.

1988goldenbear: Giving the ball to Ott is an easy decision (and nice when it works). Pressuring Ward is also an easy decision (and nice when it works).

Calboy76: You won. Beat the Indians and the traitors of Westwood the next week

Old Bear 71: They had the Bears ready to play. The Bears won the game. That is their job. Have ‘em ready, win the game. Check. Check.

wiata78: Decent coaching could have made this a lopsided Bear victory.

Willis Chong: Offense can very turtley at the end. I know Wilcox gets that way at the end of the game but we need to play toward our personnel, which cannot sustain a grinding running attack without someone like Ifanse. We only won because we did enough in the first half to pushing Wazzu for their mistakes

Rose Bowl Oski: Loved the decision to go for it on 4th down even though we were in FG range

sacalum: Whoever let the dogs loose on the defensive line saved the day.

The Ghost of Joe Roth: A win is a win! Let’s go bowling!

KJ1980: Cal won. I line that. Cal win. I line that. But it should have been easy with a 42-24 lead in the fourth quarter. It was not easy snd it could easily have gone the other way.

Cal v Navy ’63: We’ve suffered so long, year after year. Always the same “almost grabbing defeat from the hands of victory” performance. Being a Cal fan is like having a disease. Is there a Native American curse on Strawberry Canyon?

1988goldenbear: Needed a win, and there is nothing wrong with having luck on our side for a change.

Calboy76: Exciting. But can’t we blow somebody out of the building once in a while?

Goldenone: A win that was satisfying but too close for comfort

sacman701: LIke the ASU game, this was a typical pre-pandemic Wilcox game despite the high score: the offense was inconsistent and frustrating, and the defense bent a lot but mostly didn’t break (Wazzu ran 97 plays, the longest of which went for just 25 yards) and made just enough big plays to eke out a win. The best sign was the emergence of the pass rush and of Reese in particular. Furd struggles to protect the passer, so this may be a good matchup for us.

HelloBowlesHall: Messy game, turnovers both ways and refs with highly questionable calls not ways (but I really do think heavily favored WSU but it could be blue tinted glasses). Lucky to pull out a W, this is the sort of close game we typically lose.

wiata78: We were really lucky to win, but then we were quite unlucky to lose a few times, so it’s about time luck went in our favor.

Bowlesman80: This seems a historic constant to me: Cal goes into autopilot mode with a late lead. I would love to us keep a wide lead into late in the game. In 40+ years, I have rarely seen us show this killer instinct.

Willis Chong: A win is a win. To paraphrase Dumb and Dumber, “so there is a chance.” Gotta clean stuff up for Big Game though

heyalumnigo: Any Cal win is good and means we’re still bowl eligible!

Rose Bowl Oski: The Cougs coug’ed it multiple times. They may have run 40(!) more plays than Cal, but 3 of those plays led to 21 points for the Bears

sacalum: Bittersweet to play our last Pac-12 game at CMS.

Thanks for participating! Check back Saturday evening to submit your Big Game ratings. Go Bears!

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Tax filing season can be a stressful time for many people. There’s a lot of paperwork to gather, and the tax code can be complex and confusing. However, a tax calculator app can help to simplify the tax filing process and make it less stressful.

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Live match blog – India vs Australia Final 2023/24 – Cricket Insights



Live match blog - India vs Australia Final 2023/24 - Cricket Insights

Australia need 241! That’s the same total England and New Zealand made in the 2019 final.

The key to bowling on a slow pitch is to keep to your discipline and limit the damage. Australia chose to bowl knowing the margin of error was less than zero. They came face to face with that when Rohit Sharma was going bonkers at the start. And they survived it because their fielding has been unreal.

Travis Head pulled off a catch that may well rival the one Kapil Dev took in 1983.

India went 97 balls without a boundary; they managed just four since the end of the 10th over. They thought they were consolidating. But in came Pat Cummins, dismissing Virat Kohli. He is the first fast bowler to complete his full 10 overs in this World Cup and not concede a boundary. Later Mitchell Starc found reverse swing. In the knockouts he’s taken six wickets at an average of 14.

Adam Zampa saw the pitch being slow and he too took pace off, going down to 84 kph once. He gave away just one four in his 10 overs. Australia sized up the conditions and responded to them perfectly.

Head and David Warner and Cummins and Zampa were saving boundaries all over the place. The field placements were excellent too. They had an offside sweeper out for Rohit because they guessed he would try to hit them off their lines and lengths by making room to the leg side. They had deep third man very fine to Suryakumar Yadav because his V is behind the wicket, not in front, and along with that gave him no pace to play his ramps and scoops.

This game, if they win it, and there’s still a long way to go, especially if there’s no dew, was made back in the drawing board.

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Tim Henman suggests Carlos Alcaraz is the greatest of all-time in one key area



Carlos Alcaraz in action

We may be a little too early to suggest Carlos Alcaraz could get into the discussion over who is the greatest male player of all time, but the Spaniad is certainly excelling in one key area.

Having lost his opening match to Alexander Zverev, Alcaraz knew only victory over previously unbeaten Medvedev would be enough to qualify for the semi-finals.

He achieved the feat in style, wrapping up a 6-4 6-4 victory to join the Russian in the last four on his debut in Turin.

Alcaraz’s superior sets record means he tops the group and will face Djokovic in a rematch of their unforgettable Wimbledon final, while Medvedev meets fourth seed Jannik Sinner, the only player yet to lose a match.

It was an impressive performance from Alcaraz after he lost his first match of the event against Alexander Zverev, as he continued an alarming slump in form that started with a defeat against Medvedev at the US Open.

Now the 20-year-old Spaniard is roaring back to his best, with his win against Andrey Rublev backed up by a victory against his great friend Medvedev.

During his commentary stint on the Alcaraz vs Medvedev match, former British No 1 Henman suggested the young Spaniard has separated himself from the greatest players the game has ever seen with his movement on the court.

“Is he the best mover to have ever played the game?” asked Henman.

“There have been some phenomenal movers, but from where I am sitting, I haven’t seen many quicker.

“We have had some great movers in the sport, but Alcaraz is right up there.

“There have been plenty of great movers in tennis, but his flexibility and control at the end of it is exceptional. His movement is just phenomenal.”

Novak Djokovic fans will argue their man has redefined how to move on a tennis court in the modern era, with his ability to slide on hard courts and contort his body into unnatural positions a skill that has helped him dominate the men’s game.

Roger Federer was also a divine mover when he was at his best, with his graceful presence on the court giving the impression that he was moving through the gears with relentless ease.

Rafael Nadal has also been a remarkable mover, with his dominance on clay courts helped by his sliding ability that has taken the sport on that surface to a while new level.

Now Henman may have started the ball rolling on a movement debate that will have no definitive answer, with Alcaraz admitting his movement was a big issue as he tried to find his feet on grass this summer.

The young Spaniard struggled on the surface in his first match at The Queen’s Club tournament in June, but quickly master the art of moving on grass as he lifted the trophy at that event and then went on to win Wimbledon.

“The most difficult part is to move well on grass,” said Alcaraz. “You need to be more careful than other surfaces, so for me to move on grass is the most difficult.

“The most comfortable (thing) is going to the net and playing aggressively all the time. For me it is similar to other surfaces with my style. Playing that style is comfortable and I like it.

“There are a lot of players who slice on grass. I am not one of them, so I have to think about the movement. I have to be focused on every movement and shot. For me it is more tiring when you are moving on grass. It is totally different, so you have to be really specific.”

Alcaraz’s youthful body allows him to be dynamic on court and that helps his movement, with the genius he can display on court helped by his ability to get to the ball quicker than his rivals.

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