After the game, Jeff Tedford bristled when asked if he'd lost the locker room:
"Not at all. No way, emphatically. We have not lost this team."
We'll find out Friday whether he has the right read on his locker room. It should be fairly obvious one way or another.
This was not USC or Stanford or even Arizona State.
Yet Cal trailed 14-3 at the end of the first quarter, 28-6 at halftime, and 42-6 late in the third -- the Bears were never in the game.
When a team plays that poorly and is that sloppy in a game of such undeniable significance ... against a second-tier opponent, no less ... that's an indictment on the coaching staff.
Yes, the talent is lacking in some positions -- that's another discussion entirely -- and the Bears are banged up. But Tedford and his assistants must do a better job.
But when you combine all of Cal's injuries with its repeated inability to match up physically at the line of scrimmage (Arizona State, Stanford, Utah), only one conclusion can be drawn:
The strength and conditioning program is not up to standard.
I mean, all he does is make big plays. No need for that. No need whatsoever.
I beg to differ.
Whether the standard is the final score, the fourth-quarter score or Cal's general lack of competitiveness through the course of the game, the Bears have been walloped far too often in recent years:
Granted, the competition has been fierce (LSU, Oregon and Arizona), but there is no reason ... none, zero, zilch ... for Cal not to win this game.
The Huskies are struggling offensively -- they haven't scored more than 21 points in five Pac-12 games -- and are hardly dominant defensively.
They have a handful of playmakers (TB Bishop Sankey, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and WR Kasen Williams) but nothing the Bears shouldn't be able to handle.
The Bears are a 4-point favorite.