No. 8 Wash­ing­ton State (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) at Cal (3-3, 0-3)

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Where: Memo­rial Sta­dium When: 7:30 p.m. TV/Ra­dio: ESPN/810 Story lines: Wash­ing­ton State, which beat Cal 56-21 last sea­son, hasn’t beaten the Bears in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons since 2001-02. Cal, play­ing its third top-10 team in a four-week span, is try­ing to halt a three-game skid. In­juries: Wash­ing­ton State – none pro­vided. Cal – none pro­vided.


Cal de­fen­sive backs coach Gerald Alexan­der said, “All legs are on deck,” be­cause the Bears could ro­tate about a dozen play­ers in the sec­ondary against Wash­ing­ton State’s pass­ing at­tack, which ranks No. 3 in the coun­try.

Cougars de­fen­sive line­man Her­cules Mata’afa leads the Pac-12 in sacks (4.5) and tack­les for a loss (10), which can’t be com­fort­ing to Cal. The Bears have al­lowed 15 sacks for a loss of 101 yards in the past two games.

Three of Cal’s play­ers have been deeply af­fected by the North Bay fires, and the team ap­pears to un­der­stand the role sports can play in the heal­ing process. “Hope­fully, we can give some in­spi­ra­tion to some of the peo­ple who are go­ing through a rough time right now with the fires,” de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Tim DeRuyter said. — Rusty Sim­mons

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