If Cal's players want to get up and move around during their trip to Los Angeles on Thursday, they won't have to worry about any pilot sending them back to their seats because of turbulence.

In an attempt to do their part to help the university with its budget shortcomings, the Bears have agreed to take buses to Southern California for Saturday's game at UCLA. Cal usually travels on a charter plane for its road trips.

"We definitely want to do our part," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "To do our part to alleviate some of the issues. ... We have a responsibility."

But the Bears won't be saving as much money for the university as originally intended because the team has decided to leave Thursday rather than Friday, meaning an extra night in a hotel for the travel party. The team made the decision after it was announced last week that Saturday's game will begin at 12:30 p.m.

"We are going Thursday night so we don't run into a deal of busing down there late Friday, having a late walk-through and then having a 12:30 game," Tedford said. "We will for sure have gotten over the bus ride. I don't think the bus ride will be an issue."

The bus ride actually will allow the team to spend more time together than the one-hour flight down south. Tedford said the Bears might even hold some position meetings during their travels.

"It kind of reminds you of the high school days with the long bus trips," Cal quarterback Kevin Riley said.

"I think it will be fine. Guys will just have to find something to do for six hours."

  • Wide receiver Nyan Boateng, who has missed the past two games with a fractured right foot, is on track to return for Saturday's game. Boateng was the Bears' leading receiver last year and had caught five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown before getting injured during the first half of Cal's 35-21 win over Minnesota on Sept. 19.

    "It's been hard for me to watch," Boateng said. "I feel like I let the guys down by getting hurt because it messed up the chemistry a little bit. I'm going to go out there and definitely try to make a lot of plays for the team."

  • Cal's home game against Washington State on Oct. 24 was not picked up by television. It will be the Bears' first game not to be on TV since a game at Washington State in 2006. The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m.

  • Wide receiver Verran Tucker sat out Sunday night's practice with swelling in his calf, a condition that has bothered him the past couple weeks. Tucker was to see a doctor Sunday night and his status this week is uncertain.

  • Starting left guard Matt Summers-Gavin, who missed the Bears' last game against USC with a sprained shoulder, is expected back against the Bruins.