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November 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Just the facts, Cal edition

As always, here’s the unedited version of the scouting report that will appear in Saturday’s paper:
Washington (4-6, 3-4) Cal (5-6, 3-5)
Time: 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium TV: FSN-NW Radio: 950 AM The line: Bears by 7.
The setup: Simply enough, a bowl game is on the line for each team. For Cal, it’s win and in as the Bears would get to 6-6 and qualify for one of the Pac-10’s six bowl slots. UW has to win its last two, at Cal and next week at WSU, but has to get this one first.
What to expect: For UW, a more diverse offensive gameplan than last week, when it went with a run-dominated attack to beat a UCLA team with a feeble offense 24-7 to keep its bowl hopes alive. UW will have to throw more, and better, to outscore the Bears, who have been tough at home all season. Cal has had to go with backup QB Brock Mansion to replace injured starter Kevin Riley and will try to dominate on the ground with standout RB Shane Vereen, who has 1,061 yards.
Notes: This is the last game Cal will play at the current configuration of Memorial Stadium before it is renovated. … UW leads the all-time series 47-38-4 including a 42-10 victory last season in Seattle. However, Cal has won six of eight since Jeff Tedford took over as coach of the Bears in 2002, including all three in Berkeley. UW last won at Cal in 2001, a 31-28 comeback win. … UW won 19 in a row from 1977-2001 before Tedford’s first Cal team ended the streak with a victory at Husky Stadium. … Cal has lost its last two games, each at home, to the top two teams in the league in Oregon (15-13) and Stanford (48-14). Cal has not lost three in a row either overall or at home since Tedford took over as coach. … Those games were also the first time anyone other than USC or Oregon State had beaten Cal in Berkeley since 2003. … Despite losing its last two home games Cal is 37-8 in its last 45 games at Memorial Stadium. … Cal has gone to a bowl game for a school-record seven straight years, a streak it is looking to keep alive with a win against the Huskies. … Cal has two Seattle-area products on its team, each listed on the depth chart at the same defensive end position — Trevor Guyton of Redmond (the starter) and Deandre Coleman of Garfield (the backup). Guyton, a junior, has 25 tackles and 8.5 for a loss while Coleman has 16 and three. …. Third-down could tell the tale of this game. Cal is ninth in the Pac-10 in third-down conversions in conference games only at 29-98 (29.6 percent) while UW is 10th at 27-95 (28.4 percent). …
Injuries: UW — RB Deontae Cooper (knee), P Will Mahan (knee), DE Talia Crichton (knee), DL Cameron Elisara (shoulder) out for the season;, RB Johri Fogerson (hip) out; S Sean Parker (stinger), G Ryan Tolar (knee) questionable.
CAL — WR Jeremy Ross (finger) questionable, TE Anthony Miller, CBs Marc Anthony and Darian Hagan (all unspecified) probable.
Upset possibility: The Huskies will almost certainly have to show more offense than a week ago when they were held to 10 points through the first 53 minutes by UCLA before two interceptions led to two quick TDs at the end to seal it. UW will need a game from Jake Locker similar to how he played in the upset earlier this year at USC to pull it off.
Key matchup: UW front seven against Cal RB Shane Veeren. The whole key to this game may be whether the Huskies can contain Vereen enough to force Bears’ QB Brock Mansion to win the game. Mansion is completing just 48 percent of his passes since taking over as the starter.

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