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.

  • Result: Lost at Utah 49-27

  • Grade: F

  • Comment: A miserable, abominable, atrocious performance given 1) everything at stake and 2) the caliber of opponent: Utah was 0-4 in league play and hadn't won (anywhere, against anyone) since Sept. 15.

    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.

  • They committed three turnovers, allowed two special teams touchdowns, couldn't get off the field (defensively) on third down (Utah converted 8 of 13), allowed four sacks and were (once again) dominated physically at the line of scrimmage.

    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.

  • Some injuries are simply bad luck; it's the nature of the sport.

    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.

  • Also apparent: Cal has not recruited well along the offensive line.

  • Brendan Bigelow: Why on earth would the Bears possibly want to get him more involved in the offense?

    I mean, all he does is make big plays. No need for that. No need whatsoever.

  • Tedford said the lopsided nature of the game "doesn't happen to us very often."

    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:

  • 2009: Oregon, USC, Oregon State and Washington

  • 2010: Nevada, USC, Oregon State, Stanford

  • 2011: Oregon, USC

  • 2012: USC, Stanford, Utah (and a few more to come, I would guess)

  • Next up: vs. Washington (Friday)

  • The matchup: Tosh Lupoi comes home.

  • Washington is 0-3 on the road and has been outscored 146-41.

    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.

  • I've seen both teams in person and fully expect it to be close and low scoring, with mistakes (or the avoidance of) determining the outcome.

    The Bears are a 4-point favorite.