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Cal Vs. Washington State: Zach Maynard Likely To Start At QB

Zach Maynard of the California Golden Bears is struggling to hold onto his position as Cal starting quarterback, but Jeff Tedford expects he'll start next week against the Washington State Cougars.

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 29:  Zach Maynard #15 of the California Golden Bears reacts turnover a loss of down in the second quarter against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on October 29, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 29: Zach Maynard #15 of the California Golden Bears reacts turnover a loss of down in the second quarter against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on October 29, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The leaves are turning, the nights grow longer, and the California Golden Bears have a quarterback problem. Things never change.

Zach Maynard has struggled with two atrocious performances against the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins. Mistake-free football might have allowed Cal at least one or two wins there, but Maynard threw seven interceptions and no touchdowns combined in those two contests, and the points off of turnovers were the difference in two blowout victories.

Now there's some worries about whether Maynard will start this Saturday, or whether backup Allan Bridgford will take over duties. Cal head coach Jeff Tedford is committed to his quarterback for now though. John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle with the report.

"There's no difference in the quarterback spot," Tedford said. "Zach's starting. We're still evaluating. We'll see how the week goes. As of right now, there's no change to what we're doing at quarterback."

After Cal's 31-14 loss to UCLA on Saturday, Tedford intimated that sophomore Allan Bridgford would get a look in practice this week and that a change could be in the offing. That still remains possible, though unlikely.

That doesn't assure anything for Maynard's future hold on this position. If Maynard continues to struggle, there could still be a change to Bridgford in-game against the Cougars. Because it'd be really, really bad if he couldn't get going against the Washington St. Cougars on Saturday.

For more on the Cal QB situation, go to the California Golden Blogs.