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Halftime: California 3, Washington 0

A late California field goal prevented dueling doughnuts in Berkeley at the break.

On the plus side, we are getting an answer to the age-old question of what happens when a bad offense (California) faces a bad defense (Washington) and a solid defense (Cal) faces a solid offense (UW).

Not much.

If it seems like we're kind of prattling here, it's because the game isn't on in the Portland Airport and if it were there still wouldn't be much to recount.

Struggling Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio's 53-yard field goal -- a career-long -- as the half ended produced the only points, which is a bit of a surprise in itself.

There were nine punts in the half and three turnovers. The Bears also turned it over on downs once.

Both QBs have thrown interceptions but done little else, so it doesn't appear that Jack Locker will not duplicate his strong performance against the Bears from last year.

Oh, how a season changes things.

The two stars on offense are the running backs. The Huskies' Chris Polk has 60 yards on 10 carries. Cal's Shane Vereen has 65 on 11.

It's not a bad bet that the one who ends up with better numbers will play for the winning team.

The loser will become bowl-ineligible. If Cal wins, it finishes 6-6 and will play in a bowl game. If the Huskies prevail, they will also need to win their season finale at Washington State in order to finish 6-6.