Cal will play a Friday night time sport on ESPN when it faces No. 9 Oregon in Eugene, Ore., and the Geese have gained 15 straight residence video games.
The Golden Bears haven’t defeated a top-10 staff on the street because it upset 10th-ranked Indiana 17-14 in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1969. The Bears ended that season 52 years in the past with a 5-5 total document and a sixth-place end within the Pac-8.
Golden Bears coach Justin Wilcox says within the video atop this story that successful the turnover battle can be key in Friday’s sport. Cal did that when it upset Oregon final 12 months, however as you’ll discover within the storylines under, the Geese have been significantly better within the turnover-margin class than Cal this season.
Listed below are the vital details for Friday night time’s contest:
CAL (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) vs. NO. 9 OREGON (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12)
SITE: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN — Beth Mowins (Play-By-Play), Kirk Morrison (Analyst), Daybreak Davenport (Sideline Reporter)
RADIO: KGO 810 AM — Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Todd McKim (sideline reporter).
BETTING LINE: Oregon is favored by 13 1/2 factors. Over/beneath is 54 factors.
WEATHER FORECAST: There may be solely an 10 p.c likelihood of rain Friday night time in Eugene, the place moist climate is widespread. It’s anticipated to be principally sunny Friday afternoon with a excessive of about 69 levels, however it can turn into partly cloudy Friday night time with the temperature dropping to 42 levels. Humidity Friday night time may attain 95 p.c.
CAL-OREGON HISTORY: Cal leads the all-time collection 41-40-2, and the Bears gained final 12 months’s assembly, upsetting the Twenty third-ranked Geese 21-17 in Berkeley. That was Cal’s solely win of the season. Cal linebacker Kuony Deng, who was named Pac-12 defensive participant of the week after forcing two pivotal Oregon fumbles and getting 1.5 tackles for loss within the upset of the Geese, won’t be obtainable for Friday’s sport. Earlier than final 12 months’s upset of Oregon, Cal had misplaced 10 of its earlier 11 video games to the Geese. The Bears haven’t gained in Eugene since 2007, dropping six straight at Autzen Stadium.
INJURIES: Cal: Outdoors linebacker Kuony Deng will miss his fourth straight sport, and it’s unclear whether or not he’ll play once more this season. Working again DeCarlos Brooks will miss his second straight sport due to an harm. Security Craig Woodson and nostril guard Stanley McKenzie are out for the season.
Oregon: Two key starters – working again CJ Verdell and security Bennett Williams – will miss the remainder of the season on account of accidents sustained within the loss to Stanford. Freshman defensive finish Bradyn Swinson, who had two sacks in the one two video games he performed, is anticipated to return Friday after lacking the previous three video games with an harm. Defensive finish Kayvon Thibodeaux should sit out the primary half of Friday’s sport after being ejected for focusing on within the second half in opposition to Stanford.
CAL STORYLINES: The Bears had a bye final week and are coming off their worst efficiency of the season, a 21-6 loss to Washington State on Oct. 2 . . . The Bears have to win 5 of their ultimate seven video games to get a bowl berth, and have to win six extra video games to make sure a successful season. . . . Cal QB Chase Garbers has performed fairly properly this season and had transformed numerous large performs. However he’s coming off his worst exhibiting within the loss to Washington State, when he accomplished lower than half his passes for no touchdowns and an interception whereas being sacked 4 occasions. He had been getting time to throw within the first 4 video games, however the offensive line supplied just about no safety in opposition to WSU . . . Garbers has 898 yards dashing for his profession and is closing in on the varsity document for dashing yards by a Cal quarterback, a mark held by Joe Kapp, who ran for 931 yards. . . . The Cal working again scenario is in flux. Damien Moore continues to be listed because the starter, however Christopher Brooks and Chris Avenue have been extra productive than Moore in opposition to Washington State and determine to get extra enjoying time . . . The Cal protection, which has been a energy in previous years, has struggled, significantly in opposition to the move, getting little stress on the quarterback and never defending receivers properly. Cal ranks ninth within the convention in move protection . . . Cal’s protection has compelled six turnovers, and the Bears are even (six takeaways, six turnovers) in turnover margin
Chase Garbers says red-zone offense, which has been an issue for Cal this season, can be one of many keys for the Bears on Friday:
OREGON STORYLINES: Oregon has gained 15 straight video games at Autzen Stadium, the third-longest lively residence win streak within the nation. The Geese are 3-0 at residence this season, averaging 40.0 factors a sport whereas permitting simply 16.7 factors. . . . The Geese, who’re coming off a bye, have been ranked as excessive as third within the nation after beating Ohio State on the street, however a shaky win over Arizona and an extra time loss to Stanford has dropped Oregon’s rating to No. 9 and has folks questioning whether or not the win over the Buckeyes was a fluke . . . . This can be Oregon’s first sport with out its main rusher, CJ Verdell, who suffered a season-ending harm within the 31-24 extra time loss to Stanford. . . Standout defensive finish Kayvon Thibodeaux, projected as a potential No. 1 total NFL draft choose, will sit out the primary half of Friday’s sport after being ejected from the Stanford sport for focusing on . . . The Geese have dedicated simply two turnovers for the season, which ties them with Michigan for the fewest within the nation . . . Oregon defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter was on the Cal teaching employees final season. He had been the Bears’ defensive coordinator earlier than being earlier than being changed in that function by Peter Sirmon . . . Oregon’s turnover margin of plus-11 is third-best within the nation. Twelve of Oregon’s 13 takeaways have come at residence . . . Takeaways have saved the Geese, whose protection provides up plenty of yardage. Oregon ranks final within the Pac-12 in complete protection, yielding 412 yards a sport, though it ranks fourth in yards yielded per play allowed (5.44). The lack of security Bennett Williams, who had three interceptions this season, gained’t assist . . . Oregon leads the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 35.8 factors per sport. The Geese have three wonderful receivers in Johnny Johnson III, Jaylon Redd and Mycah Pittman, and Pittman can also be a superb return man. Nonetheless, quarterback Anthony Brown has not all the time been capable of get the ball to them. . . . Brown is a twin menace, however he has not been as productive total as Oregon would love.
CAL PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Chase Garbers (Pac-12 chief in complete offense); OLB Cameron Goode (2 sacks, 3 quarterback hits); RB Christopher Brooks (regarded robust in opposition to Washington State); WR Trevon Clark (20.1 yards per reception, 2 TDs); WR Nikko Remigio (team-high 18 receptions, productive return man); S Daniel Scott (24 solo tackles, 3 interceptions).
OREGON PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Kayvon Thibodeaux (more likely to be a top-five NFL draft choose, should sit out the primary half of Friday’s sport); RB Travis Dye (6.4 yards per carry, anticipated to have extra carries in CJ Verdell’s absence); WR Johnny Johnson III (11 receptions, 162 yards, certainly one of three standout wideouts); LB Noah Sewel (team-high 42 tackles, 2.0 sacks); DB Verone McKinley III (4 interceptions, tied for many within the nation); QB Anthony Brown (dual-threat QB has 6 TD passes and 4 TD runs).
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JAKE’S PICK: Oregon 30, Cal 24
JEFF’S PICK: Oregon 38, Cal 21
Cowl picture of Oregon’s CJ Verdell, Anthony Brown and Jaylon Redd is by Stan Szeto, USA TODAY Sports activities
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