CAL AT ARIZONA STATE

  • RECORDS: Cal 5-2, 2-2 Pac-10; Arizona State 4-3, 2-2

  • KICKOFF: 12:30 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

  • TV/RADIO: Chs. 7, 10/810-AM

  • SERIES HISTORY: The teams are tied 14-14 all-time; Cal has won five of the past six.

  • THE STORY LINES: The Bears are trying to separate themselves from the clogged Pac-10, which features four teams tied for fourth place in the loss column. ... Cal needs to prove it can run the ball against a tough run defense, something it hasn't done this season. The Sun Devils rank sixth nationally against the run (83.43 ypg). ... The Bears defense has been shaky recently, but Arizona State ranks just 73rd nationally in total offense (358.3 ypg).

  • INJURY REPORT: Cal — LG Matt Summers-Gavin (shoulder), TE Tad Smith (knee), NT Derrick Hill (stinger) and CB Darian Hagan (suspension) are out. ASU — C Thomas Altieri (knee) and CB Omar Bolden (knee) are out. WR Kerry Taylor (hamstring) is questionable.

  • STATS THAT MATTER: The Bears have been a big-play team lately, scoring 11 straight touchdowns from outside the red zone before Jahvid Best's 2-yard run during the third quarter of last Saturday's win over Washington State. ... The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in total defense (280 ypg). ... Cal ranks 10th nationally in scoring offense (35.14 ppg).


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  • MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal's offensive line against ASU's front seven. The Bears' offensive line has been up and down this season, and now will play without starting left guard Summers-Gavin. The Sun Devils have a physical, athletic defensive front that has been stingy against the run. The Bears lead the Pac-10 in rushing (216 ypg).

  • QUOTE OF NOTE: "I'm up for any challenge. It's just going to be exciting going against those guys, knowing they're one of the best in the country. I'm definitely motivated." — Cal tailback Jahvid Best

    — JONATHAN OKANES