Five storylines: California 

September, 13, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Checking out the key areas for California as it prepares for a trip to Ohio State on Saturday (TV: ABC, noon).

1. Early risers: Setting the alarm for kickoff shouldn’t be a problem for the Golden Bears. They’re used to putting on the pads early thanks to a practice schedule that has them on the field in the morning. But jet lag could still be an issue for them as they fly across the country to a time zone three hours ahead of what they’re used to, though coach Jeff Tedford tried to address that by having his team fly in a day early to get the biological clocks set as well. Under Tedford, the program has a 5-1 record in road games that kick off before noon local time in California -- though only one of those matchups came against a ranked opponent, a blowout loss to Michigan State in 2002.

2. Grizzly bear: The schematics alone were enough to give Ohio State a bit of concern. The statistics wouldn’t be any more encouraging for the Buckeyes as they gear up for the unique 4-6 alignment the Golden Bears will employ defensively. Cal ranks sixth in the nation in tackles for loss after racking up 20 of them through two games, led by senior J.P. Hurrell and his three sacks. The Golden Bears will likely be loading the box and forcing Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller to beat them through the air, and they’ll have plenty of defenders near the line of scrimmage who have already proven they can make plays behind it.

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