|2009 Arizona vs. California Point Spread Odds, Matchup & Preview|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Tuesday, 10 November 2009 15:17|
The 18th-ranked Wildcats may again be without Grigsby as they try to keep pace in the Pac-10 race, but they'll face a Golden Bears team trying to get by without one of the nation's top rushers Saturday night.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made
Though Grigsby (sprained right shoulder) missed a matchup with
Greg Nwoko, Grigsby's backup, also missed the game with a shoulder sprain, but Wildcats coach Mike Stoops said he might play against the Golden Bears (6-3, 3-3).
Stoops had more good news this week, saying defensive end Brooks Reed will likely start versus the Bears. Reed returned to the lineup against the Cougars after missing three games with a high ankle sprain and had a sack.
Best spent the night at a hospital in
"We are relieved and thankful that Jahvid has been released from the hospital and that his CT scans and X-rays have come back normal," Bears coach Jeff Tedford said.
Best, whose helmet popped off upon his impact in the end zone, sustained a slight concussion the previous week in a 23-21 win over
Best, one of the country's most dynamic players, has 16 TDs and 867 rushing yards. Shane Vereen, who has 386 yards rushing and eight touchdowns overall, will replace Best in the starting lineup.
Another loss to
Stoops, however, doesn't want the Wildcats' wiggle room to cause complacency. He hasn't outlined the different scenarios with his players.
"All they know is we're in a good position," he said. "That would be childish to explain that to them. They understand exactly what's at stake. They can count very well, and they understand what wins and losses do for you."
Quarterback Kevin Riley completed 19 of 34 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown while also throwing an interception. He came back after being helped off the field following a hard hit just before halftime.
Riley has passed for 2,005 yards and 14 TDs while getting picked off three times. He faced
That tied the series between the teams 13-13-2.
Posted: 11/10/09 8:17PM ET