Bear No_es, V1, #8
Destroying the tradition established by Bear Notes

Special notes

Big Game
It's the Big Game folks! There is a lot of hype to be read elsewhere (you'll find some links below), so we'll keep this edition of Bear No_es short.

Check for the latest on HOTFAA happenings. See you at Kip's Friday night. (Do you really need to know anything else?)

This week's game

California (#4 Associated Press/#4 ESPN/USA Today) makes its final home appearance of the season when the Golden Bears host Stanford in the 107th renewal of the Big Game Saturday in Memorial Stadium. A sellout crowd of nearly 73,000 is expected to watch the Bears aim for their third consecutive victory in the series.

Game No. 10: Stanford Cardinal (4-6, 2-5 Pac-10) at California Golden Bears (8-1, 6-1 Pac-10)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 20, Memorial Stadium (73,347 - Momentum Turf), Berkeley, CA
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.
Radio: KGO Radio (810 AM) with Joe Starkey, Mike Pawlawski, Roxy Bernstein and Lee Grosscup
Television: Fox Sports Net with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis
Attendance (est.): 72,981 (sellout)

Unofficial Bear No_es line: Cal by 24.
The official Bear No_es line is set based on sports book odds as of midday Friday before the game.

At 6-1 in the Pac-10 standings, Cal needs a win over the Cardinal to tie Pappy Waldorf's 1949 squad (7-0 in the Pacific Coast Conference) for the most league victories in school history. Cal is also 4-0 in Berkeley in 2004 and can post its first undefeated home mark - and just the 10th ever in school annals - since the 1950 squad finished 6-0-1.

This is one of the longest running rivalries in the NCAA and boasts "The Greatest Moment in College Football History." You all know what that was. The 22nd anniversay of "The Play" is Saturday.

Read more about the matchup here

There's only one game on the schedule

This week's Jeff Tedford quote of the week reinforces the theme we have been promoting all season: "We try to maintain a level of focus of about one week at a time in our preparation, and that has been the message to the team all year long. And it will continue to be the message - the BCS has nothing to do with this game. Stanford is a good football team. I know they'll be well-prepared and ready to play. And we're going to have to play our best to compete with Stanford."

More on the 107th Big Game
Final notes

If the Bears do their job Saturday, Jeff Tedford will become the first Cal head coach in 55 Years to win 3 straight Big Games.

With 8 victories to date, California is assured its 3rd straight winning football season for the first time since 1952.

Yes Blues, it appears after all these years of suffering that we may be living in another Pappy Waldorf era of Cal football.

The complete 2004 Cal football schedule and results, including the record ATS (Against The Spread) and the BBS (Bertozzi Betting System) are always available at HOTFAAWeb.

As always, drive safely and Go Bears!

Give 'em the Axe, the Axe, the Axe!