The calendar has yet to turn to October and there's already a high sense of urgency for Arizona State and California.
With the Golden Bears (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) having already lost at home to Nevada and off to their worst start since 2003, coach Jeff Tedford's squad can ill afford another slipup at Memorial Stadium if Cal wants to avoid a second season without a bowl in the past three years.
The Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0) are in much better shape than the Bears under first-year coach Todd Graham after winning their conference opener last week against Utah. Arizona State is looking for its second win in the past 10 meetings against Cal to validate the strong start.
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