What to see, key story, TV information

When: 2:30 pm Saturday

Where: Memorial stadium

TV / Radio: Pac-12 Network / 810

Storyline: Cal is trying to bounce back after his 31-24 overtime loss to Washington in Seattle last Saturday. That game ended when running back Damien Moore fumbled at the Huskies’ 1-yard line. “It’s a punch,” Cal’s head coach Justin Wilcox said of the loss on Tuesday, “but there’s no other option but to move on.” Meanwhile, WSU head coach Nick Rolovich has worn a mask on the bench this season as he has refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Because all Washington state employees must be fully vaccinated by October 18, Rolovich’s job could be in jeopardy if he doesn’t get the vaccine soon (unless he has already done so without making the news public).

When WSU has the ball

The Cougars include Jarrett Guarantano or Jayden de Laura as starters. Each has started twice this season. Guarantano, a graduated transfer from Tennessee, was 25 of 36 for 248 yards, but threw three interceptions in the Cougars’ 24-13 loss at Utah last Saturday. Wilcox compared de Laura, a sophomore recovering from a leg injury, to a basketball point guard.

WSU running back Max Borghi averages 6 yards per carry, but his status for the game is in question. He left the game in Salt Lake City due to an injury to his left arm. On Monday, Rolovich called Borghi “probably questionable” to face the Bears.

Wilcox called Cal’s tackle a “work in progress,” and the Bears advanced after halftime in Seattle. The Huskies scored 21 points and TDs of 71 and 75 yards in the first half. His last five second-half possessions produced no points and a total of 62 yards.

When Cal has the ball

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