- Establish the run early with Lynch.
- Use play action to create opportunities for the WR.
- Get Jackson/Hawkins/Jordan involved early with a couple short passes.
- Use some early easy passes to get Longshore into his rhythm.
- Pressure the QB. This is not absolutely necessary to win the game, I just want to see the Bears finally generate some pressure with the front 4.
- Tackle. Nothing gets an underdog team more excited than the broken tackle big play. Keep the man in front of you and take him down.
- Be aggressive. This contradicts the earlier points, but until 3 games ago, Cal was a ball hawking team. Interceptions and turnovers were out bread and butter. If a defender has a chance to create a turnover, take it, especially against this team.
- Don't have a let down. Defense played great for 3 quarters against USC, don't let the loss carry over to the Big Game.
This is a quiet Big Game. But it should be an exciting one for Cal fans because expect to see lots of big plays. Marshawn is possibly playing his last game at Memorial Stadium. Walt Harris has stated that he will not punt away from Jackson. So there should be many Sportscenter worthy moments. Lastly, if it is a blowout, watch till the end because you might get a glimpse at the future, particularly on the defense. Expect younger players to get playing time if this game gets out of hand early. Also watch for TE Cameron Morrah (who seems to be related to Contra Costa Times columnist Jay Heater for the amount of ink he gets for a backup) who is a future Tony Gonzales.