COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Keenan Allen #21 of the California Golden Bears is upended as Travis Howard #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Curtis Grant #14 of the Ohio State Buckeyes defend in the first half at Ohio Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Cal Vs. Ohio State: Golden Bears' Road Trip Ends In Defeat

The California Golden Bears visited Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday and lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 35-28.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State Injury Report: Healthy Rosters Remain Following Saturday's Game

The California Golden Bears suffered a loss to the No. 12 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon, but the Golden Bears faithful weren't too displeased that their team dropped the seven-point decision. It should continue getting better, too, considering the Golden Bears shouldn't have to worry about injuries stemming from this weekend's road trip.

Neither team suffered any noticeable injuries on Saturday afternoon, meaning Cal only has to worry about injuries they've already been dealing with -- particularly tight end Richard Rodgers, offensive lineman Matt Summers-Gavin and linebacker Khairi Fortt, all of which missed Saturday's game but could return next week against the USC Trojans.

As far as Ohio State is concerned, they were without a pair of running backs on Saturday as Adam Homan and Carlos Hyde both watched from the sidelines whereas defensive lineman Michael Bennett also was inactive. The Buckeyes didn't report any new injuries, however, which bodes well for their future as well.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State 2012: Golden Bears Lost, But Still Showed Improvement

The California Golden Bears suffered a seven-point defeat at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon, but Cal wasn't expected to win the game anyway -- especially on the road. That said, the loss was expected but not necessarily disappointing for the Golden Bears' fans.

Cal has slowly but surely been showing more promise and the fans have taken notice of it -- particularly our friends over at California Golden Blogs. Avinash Kunnath wrote in his recap that the Golden Bears are showing improvement and, despite the loss, Saturday's game was pretty positive otherwise.

College football is a funny thing when you overachieve and come up short. You sort of feel mad that you didn't grab the win, you're kind of irritated at the questionable decisions, but in the end you brush it off and move on because things look better today than they did yesterday. I'm really more encouraged that we can get back to bowl eligibility than I was last week, and feel real better about out future considering how many youngsters are contributing and producing already.

The Golden Bears are going to have to string together victories in order to really show their improving, but it's quite promising that Cal fans are noticing that their football team is getting better at doing the little things.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State 2012: Golden Bears Fall Short In Upset Bid, 35-28

The California Golden Bears fell just short, losing 35-28, in their upset bid on the road at Ohio State Saturday. A frantic fourth quarter, which saw four total touchdowns, was capped by a 72-yard touchdown pass from Ohio State's Braxton Miller to Devin Smith with 3:26 to play. The touchdown proved to be the decisive, as Cal turned the ball over on their final drive.

Ohio State led 20-7 at the half, as Cal had struggled to combat an onslaught of penalites, including one that brought back a touchdown that would have made the score 20-14 in the second quarter.

The Bears fought back in the second half, closing to 20-14 on an excellent 81-yard touchdown run by Brendan Bigelow. They would go on to take the lead at 21-20 lead after an 8-play, 46-yard drive ended with a 1-yard run by quarterback Zach Maynard.

The fourth quarter became hectic from there. Ohio State immediately answered with a 11-play, 75-yard drive capped by 3-yard touchdown pass from Miller to Jake Stoneburner. A two-point conversion put OSU up 28-21 with 8:31 to play.

It took two plays and 21 second for the Bears to tie the game. Bigelow got loose on another long touchdown run, this time for 59 yards, and the game was tied at 28-28.

Cal was given a golden opportunity to take the lead when Miller threw an interception on the next drive. Head coach Jeff Tedford faced a decision at 4th-and-1 from the Ohio State 25, and chose to kick a field goal. Vincenzo D'Amato missed his third try of the game and the score remained tied with just over four minutes to play.

That proved to be Cal's last chance at a lead, as the Buckeyes went on top less than a minute later to secure the victory.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State Score Update: Golden Bears Trail 20-14 After Third Quarter

The California Golden Bears are hanging tough against the Ohio St. Buckeyes, trailing by a score of 20-14 after three quarters of play. It appears the Buckeyes were ready to blow the game wide open when leading 20-7 at half, but Cal's defense really stepped up in the third quarter to keep the deficit manageable.

An 81-yard touchdown rush from Brendan Bigelow was the lone score of the quarter. The Bears had a chance to convert a 42-yard field goal late, but it went wide left.

Zach Maynard has played very well thus far, completing 21 of his 29 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. Isi Sofele has rushed for 68 yards on 17 attempts. Keenan Allen leads the California receivers with eight receptions and 76 yards.

Braxton Miller has been great for Ohio State, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another. The sophomore quarterback is 11-for-21 with 134 passing yards, as well as 58 rushing yards on eight attempts.

The fourth quarter is about to begin on ABC.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State Halftime Update: Buckeyes Lead 20-7, Braxton Miller Dominating

The California Golden Bears had a chance to make a statement on the road in Columbus on Saturday morning, but the first half of play was hardly the start they were hoping for. After two quarters of play, the Ohio St. Buckeyes lead the Bears by a score of 20-7.

Braxton Miller has been the story of the game. The sophomore quarterback has picked Cal's defense apart, throwing for 129 yards and rushing for 64 more. He connected on touchdown strikes to Devin Smith and Jake Stoneburner, and also broke off a 55-yard rushing touchdown for the first score of the game.

Blame it on the early start time -- kickoff came at 9 a.m. California time -- not being prepared or a couple of unfavorable penalty flags, but the Bears have not looked very good on either side of the ball. Their lone scoring drive was capped off with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Zach Maynard to Chris Harper late in the first quarter. Maynard has completed 16 of his 19 pass attempts for 147 yards, although he's been pressured all day and has rushed for -32 yards.

Isi Sofele leads the Bears with 50 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Keenan Allen is having a nice game with six receptions and 55 yards.

The second half is about to get underway.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State Score Update: Bears Trail Buckeyes After First Quarter

The Ohio St. Buckeyes have a key out-of-conference game with the California Golden Bears on Saturday morning. After a quarter of play, the Buckeyes lead 13-7.

Zach Maynard played well in the first quarter, but he has been hit hard a couple of times already. He is 7-for-9 on his pass attempts for 71 yards and a touchdown. Maynard hit Chris Harper on a bubble-screen play that went for a 19-yard score to give Cal a 7-6 lead midway through the quarter.

Braxton Miller has been the star so far. The sophomore quarterback is 5-for-8 on his pass attempts for 83 yards and a touchdown. He connected with Devin Smith late in the first quarter on a 25-yard strike for their second TD of the game. Miller also broke off a 55-yard touchdown run to give Ohio State an early 6-0 lead (after a missed PAT).

The second quarter is about to get underway. You can find the action live on ABC.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State: Bears Trying To Stay Focused As They Prepare For OSU

Facing the No. 12 team in the country in a stadium that holds more than 100,000 people seems like reason to get excited, but heading into their game with the Buckeyes, California is trying to maintain focus and not get over excited for Saturday's matchup.

Bears' linebacker Robert Mullins said he is keeping his focus on preparing for the Buckeyes rather than getting overly excited about the atmosphere and high profile matchup.

"Hoo-rah never got me a tackle," Mullins said, according to SFGate.com. "It never got anyone a tackle. Be excited, be very excited, but understand what's important. What's important is our consistency. It might be a little extra motivation for some guys. I'm self-motivated. It has no influence on my preparation."

Whether or not Mullins and his Cal teammates will be able to temper their enthusiasm and maintain their composure when the whistle blows remains to be seen. If the Bears are able to keep their cool against OSU, it could bode well for their future as Cal will play in a similar environment the following week when they go on the road to face No. 2 USC.

For more discussion and analysis on the Golden Bears, make sure to check out California Golden Blogs. For more on the Pac-12 in general, head on over to Pacific Takes. For more on college football in general, please make your way over to SB Nation's dedicated college football hub.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The California Golden Bears head to the great state of Ohio this weekend for what could be one of their toughest games of the year as they take on the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes.

An upset by the Golden Bears would certainly go a long way for cracking the top 25, but this is just a warmup for the next game against the USC Trojans. The Bears certainly could use a win against a top 25 team, having been upset by Nevada earlier in the season.

Here's everything you need to know for this matchup:

Time: 9 a.m. PT, Saturday

Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

TV Coverage: ABC

Online Stream: Big Ten Network To Go

Radio Coverage: KGO 810 AM

Odds: Ohio State favored by 16.5 points

For more on the California Golden Bears, make sure to check out California Golden Blogs. For the Ohio State side of the story, head on over to Bucky's Fifth Quarter. For more on college football in general, please make sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated college football hub.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State Picks: Buckeyes Predicted Unanimously To Beat Bears

The California Golden Bears are a pretty huge underdog this weekend against the Ohio State Buckeyes. After a frustrating Week 1 loss to Nevada at home and an equally unimpressive win over Southern Utah expectations and excitement for Cal's season appears to have been tempered quite a bit.

So now people have to be wondering: Is anyone giving California a chance to win this weekend on their road trip to Columbus? Anyone believing that Jeff Tedford can pull off the old magic and secure a road victory in the Horseshoe?

Nope. Not a soul.

The ESPN Big Ten and Pac-12 experts all have Ohio State over Cal. All seven CBS Sports experts and the Predictor Machine have the Buckeyes. Yahoo Sports experts and users all feel the same way.

Who does Bud Elliott have in his college football picks column?

Cal at Ohio State -16: Cal has been completely underwhelming this year, including an embarrassing loss against Nevada. I went against Ohio State last week not on any notion that the Buckeyes aren't talented, but rather that UCF was. This week, it's different. Ohio State will push Cal around on both lines and will maintain a manageable down and distance for young QB Braxton Miller. Defensively, Ohio State should be able to control a Cal offense that has yet to put it together.

Ohio State to cover? Yikes.

If you want some more college football predictions, here are some more picks from Dan Rubenstein of SB Nation.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State: Bears Beset By Injuries

Heading into their matchup against the No. 12 Ohio St. Buckeyes, the injuries to key California Golden Bears are starting to mount up, according to the folks over at Pacific Takes.

The Bears are thin on the offensive line, with starting right guard Dominic Galas shelved after surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, starting right tackle Matt Summers-Gavin sidelined with a left knee injury, and backup center Mark Brazinski out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. At the second level, Dave Wilkerson, a projected starter at inside linebacker, is out for the season following surgery on his right ankle, while pass-rushing linebacker Cecil Whiteside has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2012 season, Penn State transfer Khairi Fortt hasn't yet fully recovered from offseason surgery and inside linebacker Jason Gibson is recovering after breaking his right foot. To top it all off, cornerback Stefan McClure is still working his way back from the devastating knee injury he suffered during the Bears' 2011 season.

Some good news could be on the horizon, though. Starting defensive end Mustafa Jalil could return for the Bears this week, and tight end Richard Rodgers and starting outside linebacker Chris McCain are considered probable to come back in time for Ohio State. With this laundry list of injuries, Cal can only hope to be as healthy as possible heading into their meeting with the Buckeyes.

For more discussion and analysis on the Golden Bears, make sure to check out California Golden Blogs. For more on the Pac-12 in general, head on over to Pacific Takes. For more on college football in general, please make your way over to SB Nation's dedicated college football hub.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State: Golden Bears Must Shut Down Braxton Miller

The California Golden Bears have a tall task ahead of them this Saturday afternoon when they head into Columbus to battle the Ohio State Buckeyes. Cal is going to have to find a way to hold Braxton Miller in check.

The athletic Ohio State quarterback has rushed for 302 yards and passed for 362 yards in his first two games combined, making it very difficult for opposing defenders to even begin to stop the Buckeyes' offense. Miller's athleticism forced defenses to stop and account for him at all times.

Cal has struggled with read-option teams in the past, and got burned by Nevada in their season opener for 220 rushing yards. There will be a concerted effort to try to keep the Bears disciplined and focused on maintaining their assignments this week. Otherwise Cal will just struggle to keep up with the explosive Ohio State offensive attack.

The Bears also have to worry about their pass-defense issues. Cal has allowed their opponents to catch 72.7 percent of their passes and throw four touchdowns, and that was against Southern Utah and Nevada. Miler has the potential to be even more brutal going into this week if the he doesn't face pressure.

Talk about the Cal-Ohio State matchup with Golden Bear fans at the California Golden Blogs, and with Buckeye fans at Land-Grant Holy Land.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State Betting Lines & Odds: Cal A 17-Point Underdog On Saturday

There is little doubt that the California Golden Bears will have their hands full with the No. 12 Ohio St. Buckeyes on Saturday in Columbus, and Las Vegas is reflecting that as the Bears are 17-point underdogs, according to OddsShark.

The line originally opened at 16, but has since been bumped up a point. The over/under now sits at 52.5.

Cal opened the season with a disappointing 31-24 loss to the Nevada Wolf Pack in a game they entered as 12.5-point favorites. But the Bears bounced back with a 50-31 win over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in Week 2. Saturday's game against the Buckeyes is the first of a brutal back-to-back road schedule that sees the Bears head to Los Angeles to take on the No. 2 USC Trojans in Week 4.

Ohio State, led by sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, has averaged 275 rushing yards per game in their first two contests and should give the Bears run defense fits trying to contain their high-powered running game.

For more on the Bears, check out California Golden Blogs. For all of your college football needs, head over to SB Nation's dedicated college football hub.

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Cal Vs. Ohio State: Golden Bears Face Tough Road Block With Buckeyes

The California Golden Bears face a tough road block this week when they face Ohio State.

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