MIchael Luke: I look for a closer game than many originally expected. By this time, it's fairly clear that Arizona will struggle all season generating a pass rush. California figures to put up some points and the offense is a scary thought when you consider that there is a good chance Jared Goff will be able to sit back and pick his spots.
That said, Arizona has a dizzying amount of options on offense and there isn't a better offensive coach in the country than Rich Rodriguez. Arizona's defense is not the best, but it is good enough to get enough stops to let the offense take control of the game.
Arizona 37, Cal 28
Cody James Martin: This game should be scary for Arizona. California has a solid offense that can keep up with the Wildcats if the situation presents itself. Jared Goff has the ability to shred the Arizona defense and this one could turn into a shoot out.
That being said, I think that is exactly what happens. Arizona and Cal go toe-to-toe in a heavyweight slugfest. Throw out all the defenses because both Goff and Anu Solomon throw for 400-plus yards and Nick Wilson goes for 150 on the ground again. Casey Skowron officially breaks the Wildcats' kicking curse as he nails a 45-yarder as time expires.
Arizona 41, Cal 38
Jason Scheer: I've had a difficult time with this game because I really don't have a good feel for it. I know Arizona's defense has not been playing well, but it has still played well enough to win. I'm also not sure how much better California is than Nevada, as the Wolf Pack are probably more similar to the Golden Bears than people may think.
Arizona is going to play Tra'Mayne Bondurant more than it probably has in the first three games combined and that is a big deal because of his ability to force turnovers. In addition, I feel Arizona's defensive scheme is actually more suited for a team like Cal.
The Wildcats have struggled with forcing turnovers, but I get the feeling it gets an early one, takes the lead, and holds on to move to 4-0.
Arizona 42, California 31