Did we say earlier that this weekend’s slate of college football games was going to be boring? Oops, looks like we were wrong.

After “No. 10 Clemson was downed by Va Tech”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/recaps/2006/10/26/34876_recap.html on Thursday, the Cal football team got another blessing when “No. 3 USC fell to Oregon State”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/ncaa/10/28/usc.oregonstate.ap/index.html – yes the same Oregon State team that the Bears thumped 41-13 – today in a barn-burner.

With two squads there were ranked higher than the Bears losing this weekend, Cal should move back into the top 10 without even having to come near the football field today.

The Bears jump could have even been higher if “Texas Tech didn’t choke away the game to Mack-I’m-a-little-whiner-Brown’s Texas team”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/recaps/2006/10/28/34099_recap.html, if “Ole Miss just could have put Auburn away”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/recaps/2006/10/28/34903_recap.html and if “the Old Ball Coach didn’t choke against the Vols”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/recaps/2006/10/28/34932_recap.html.

But nonetheless, the Bears and their fans should be happy with the mighty Trojans’ collapse.

People will say that Cal needed ’SC to be undefeated when its plays them in a couple of weeks, but we disagree. With Ohio State, Michigan and West Virginia all looking unstoppable, the national title game, with each passing week, looks like it’s getting further and further away from Oski’s grasps. Unless two of those three teams lose, playing on January 8 looks impossible.

So, whether or not the Bears play the No. 2 Trojans or No. 200 USC on Nov. 18 won’t matter if Cal handles its business.

For the Bears the task is simple, win-out and they’ll smell roses. And after today, it looks like winning in the Coliseum will be a little easier than many may have expected.


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