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Linkfest: Cal vs. Colorado, featuring Keenan Allen

For those of you who don’t know, I’m helping CSN Bay Area with their coverage of this weekend’s preview of a Pac-12 (12-Pac?) conference game (more on that at the end of this post). For now, the Colorado Buffaloes are still in the Big 12, and they’ll attempt to build on their 24-3 victory over Colorado St. last Saturday while the Bears look to do the same after thrashing the poor Aggies of UC Davis, 52-3.

The spread (Cal’s giving anywhere between 9 and 10.5 points, currently) and Colorado’s 2009 record (3-9) tell us Cal shouldn’t have much of a problem. However, the Buffaloes made life difficult for Big 12 powers Texas (in the first half, anyway) and Nebraska last season, and appear to be much improved this year. Put it this way: the Buffs aren’t exactly an FCS school like UC Davis. Here’s what the experts have to say about what could end up being quite an exciting little contest at 12:30 pm on Saturday…

— It was only one game, and it was against Davis, but true freshman wide receiver Keenan Allen (who finished with 158 total yards and 2 TD, and is pictured at the top right of this post absolutely torching that poor UC Davis cornerback) looks like this year’s version of Jahvid Best. OK, maybe he isn’t a Heisman contender, but he’s the Cal player you can’t take your eyes off of every second he’s on the field. Does that mean the Bears are better than the Pac-10 media (who picked Cal 7th in their preseason poll) thought? While this story mostly focuses on Allen — who’ll go up against a strong group of corners on Saturday — it also includes this quote by Cal quarterback Kevin Riley about facing Colorado: “You definitely want to show them what they’re going to come to in the Pac-10, show them what type of conference we are, how we play football,” he said. “I feel the Pac-10 gets a bad rap every single year, West Coast football in general.” (ESPN)

— Some “RAW” video of a recent Allen interview. On switching from defensive back to wide receiver: “I felt like I was a better player with the ball in my hand.” (Comcast SportsNet)

— While last week’s game against Davis was a little too easy, Allen’s performance should open things up for Marvin Jones, who caught a 51-yard pass and a 13-yard TD against the Ags. (Crumpacker on Cal)

— Glenn Dickey praises both both Riley and Stanford’s Andrew Luck for good performances against inferior opponents on Saturday, and had this description of Allen’s long score that made me chuckle: “He thrilled the Cal fans on Saturday when he took a short outlet pass on the right side, then reversed his field and dipsy-doodled past several defenders for a 48-yard touchdown.” Italics are mine. (SF Examiner)

— It isn’t exactly the same kind of out-of-town-fan-takeover as when the Red Sox play the A’s in Oakland, but 7,000 tickets to Saturday’s game were sold to Colorado backers. (NBC Bay Area)

— A few Cal players have Colorado ties, but Jeff Tedford thinks the conference’s expansion will benefit Colorado and Utah more in terms of recruiting than the teams which currently make up the Pac-10. (BearTalk)

— A very detailed look at Colorado, including their 5′ 6″ “mini-Jahvid” tailback, Rodney Stewart. And if he’s listed at that height, he’s probably no taller than Muggsy Bogues. (California Golden Blogs)

— “Extra Points” blogger Ed Yevelev chats with Michael Krumholtz of the CU Independent, who loves the Buffaloes’ mascot Ralphie (who’s female) and Zachary’s pizza. He also called Colorado receiver Scotty McKnight, who caught 76 passes for 893 yards and 6 TD last season, “one of the better slot receivers in the country.” I guess we’ll find out on Saturday whether that’s true or school pride-fueled hyperbole. (The Daily Californian)

And now, for the aforementioned self-promotion: if you’re a Cal fan (or better yet, a BASG fan), don’t forget to check out CSNBayArea.com. I’ll be helping out with the local D-1 college football coverage this season, starting this weekend. Also, look out for some Flip Cam video and postgame analysis next to the CSN game story. The game’s at 12:30 pm, so don’t be late for the chat! You know there’s nothing else you’d rather do on a Saturday…

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