Cal (5-3, 2-3 in Pac-12) vs. Oregon (5-3, 3-2)
BREAKING: Dykes Wants Out? Cal Responds To Rumors
When: 7:30 p.m. Pacific, Sat., Nov. 7
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
Weekly Preview Presser: Message Board Thread
TV: ESPN2 - Mark Neely (play by play), David Diaz-Infantte (analyst), Mark Morgan (sideline)
Radio: KGO 810 AM - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), former Cal QB Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio: Sirius (93) and XM (198)
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM - David Straub (play-by-play), Justin Allen (analyst)
Series History: Cal leads, 39-36-2
Last Meeting: Oregon 59, at Cal 41 (Oct. 24, 2014) ... Levi's Stadium
Last Meeting at Oregon: Oregon 55, Cal 16 (Sept. 28, 2013)
Last Cal Win: at Cal 26, Oregon 16 (Nov. 1, 2008)
Current Win Streak: Oregon, 6
Forecast: 100% chance of rain, 10 MPH winds, high of 54 degrees, low of 46, with game-time temperature expected to be 51 degrees
Injuries: CB Jaylinn Hawkins (out-season; shoulder), LB Aisea Tongilava (out-season; toe), LB Jalen Jefferson (probable; shoulder), LB Michael Barton (questionable; knee) ... Oregon's DeForest Buckner is nursing a sore wrist.
Cal Notes: The Bears have had their quarterbacks practicing with gloves on both hands this week, while punters have practiced with ice water thrown on their hands and feet ... Cal has played 14 night games in its last 18 road contests ... Cal has one turnover in its past two games, after gaining 21 turnovers over the first six ... The Bears lead the nation with 22 turnovers and 10 fumble recoveries ... Cal quarterback Jared Goff was named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award on Monday ... Goff ranks in the top four in the Pac-12 and top 30 in the NCAA in 10 categories, including 22 touchdown passes (#2 Pac-12, #9 NCAA), 317.1 passing yards per game(#2 Pac-12, #11 NCAA) and 2,537 total passing yards (#2 Pac-12, #12 NCAA) ... Goff currently holds 26 school records and became the 92nd player in FBS history to reach 10,000 career passing yards against USC ... Bryce Treggs was limited early this week in practice to rest an injured toe, as he was last week, but he's caught at least one pass in his last 34 games, and 40 of his 41 games as a Golden Bear ... Kenny Lawler has caught at least one pass in each of his 31 games at Cal ... The Bears are the only team in college football to have two players with current consecutive catch streaks of at least 30 games ... Kyle Kragen, after tallying 4.0 sacks over the first six games of the season, has none in his last two games ... Kragen currently ranks tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in sacks ... Kragen was named to the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, and was a midseason All-Pac-12 selection of both ESPN and the Bay Area News Group ... Kragen's 6.0 tackles for loss for 34 yards are team highs ... Cal's offense did not allow a sack last week for the first time this year, utilizing two-back sets and attached tight ends.
Local Connections: Oregon junior linebacker Johnny Ragin III originally signed with Cal, but transferred after 2013. He's made 13 tackles so far this season in seven games, including 1.0 tackle for loss ... The Ducks have 13 players on their roster hailing from Northern California: freshman offensive lineman Brady Aiello (Lafayette, Calif., Acalanes), freshman defensive lineman Gary Baker (Upland, Calif.), redshirt junior defensive back Austin Daich (Aptos, Calif., Watsonville), redshirt junior defensive lineman T.J. Daniel (Oakland, Calif., Bishop O'Dowd), redshirt freshman offensive lineman Braden Eggert (Napa, Calif.), frshman offensive lineman Jake Hanson (Eureka, Calif.), redshirt sophomore Eddie Heard (Oakland, Calif., McClymonds/Laney College), redshirt junior quarterback Jeff Lockie (Alama, Calif., Monte Vista), senior offensive lineman Haniteli Lousi (Fremont, Calif., College of San Mateo / Washington HS), redshirt freshman quarterback Morgan Mahalak (Kentfield, Calif., Marin Catholic -- formerly Jared Goff's backup), receiver Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif., Valley Christian), tight end John Mundt (Modesto, Calif., Central Catholic), cornerback Chris Seisay (Vallejo, Calif., American Canyon), Tui Talia (Concord, Calif., Diablo Valley College, Ygnacio Valley HS)
Oregon Notes: Sophomore running back Royce Freeman has scored at least one touchdown in 17 of his 23 career games, and is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award ... Freeman is second in the nation in rushes of 10 or more yards with 39 ... Oregon ranks 10th in the nation in offensive explosiveness ... 35.4% of the Ducks' plays result in a touchdown or a first down, 28th in the nation ... Oregon's 2.12 pasing touchdowns per game are 27th in the nation ... The Ducks average 47.75 rushing attempts per game, 11th in the nation ... Oregon's 13.00 rushing first downs per game are ninth in the nation, while the Ducks' 2.75 rushing touchdowns per game are 15th ... With 283.5 rushing yards per game, Oregon has the No. 6 rushing offense in the nation, and their 42.00 points per game are 10th ... The Ducks may not have veteran Marcus Mariota at the helm after his departure for the NFL, but they're still averaging 21.12 seconds per play, 8th-fastest in the nation ... Cal is averagin 23.26 seconds per play, 33rd in the nation ... Freeman is just the fourth Oregon running back to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons ... Junior wie receiver and kick returner Bralon Addison caught his 14th career TD pass against Arizona State, and needs four more TD catches to tie for ninth all-time in school history ... Dating back to his time at Eastern Washington, Vernon Adams has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 31 straight games ... Oregon has not allowed an opponent to return a kickoff for a touchdown in 124 games ... The Bears have not returned a kickoff for a touchdown since Trevor Davis returned two against Washington State last season ... Senior defensive end DeForest Buckner was named to the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award (top college DE), and ranks 32nd in the Pac-12 in total tackles per game (5.5), T2 in sacks (6.0) and third in tackles for loss (11.0) ... Oregon has the third-worst passing defense in the nation, allowing 318.0 yards per game through the air.
The Ducks rank 100th or worse in the Football Bowl Subdivision in percent of opponent plays for a first down or a touchdown (107th, 34.5), completion percentage allowed (104th, 63%), defensive strength (116th), offensive plays allowed (124th, 82.25 plays per game), opponent fourth-down conversion percentage (122nd, 80.00), defensive pass efficiency (101st, 142.33), opponent touchdown-to-interception ratio (100th, 3.0), passing attempts allowed (128th, 45.12), passing completions allowed (128th, 26.62 per game), passing first downs allowed (126th, 14.38 per game), passing touchdowns allowed (128th, 3.38 per game), passing yards allowed (126th), red zone defense (110th, 90.48%), scoring defense (118th, 38.38 points per game), total first downs allowed (117th, 25.12 per game), total touchdowns allowed (118th, 4.88 per game) and total yards of offense allowed (117th, 496.88).
Oregon does, however, rank eighth in the nation in sacks (3.25 per game), 34th in both forced turnovers (1.88) and interceptions (1.12). The Ducks are also 28th in the nation in turnover margin (+0.5).
The Ducks defensive line, despite losing defensive end Arik Armstead to the NFL, is very experienced, anchored by junior Buckner and sophomore Henry Mondeaux at the ends, with junior nose tackle Alex Balducci.
Senior linebacker Tyson Coleman has 8.5 tackles for loss (8th in the Pac-12), out of his 10 total tackles on the season.
Oregon is very young on the back end, with seven of eight players on the two-deep in their first or second seasons with the Ducks. The most veteran defensive back is Tyree Robinson, who ranks tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with three interceptions, with one pick six. Freshman corner Ugo Amadi is tied for ninth in the conference with two interceptions. Over the past three games, Goff has thrown seven interceptions to seven touchdowns, after posting a 15:4 ratio over the first five games of the season.
No Cal player ranks among the top 10 in interceptions.
Game Week Content
We take an in-depth look at Oregon, and just what Jared Goff and his receivers can do to get past their struggles of the last three games ...
Last time Jared Goff traveled to Autzen Stadium, he was inundated -- literally -- as the Bears fell, 55-16. Now, he gets a second crack at Oregon on the road ...
The linebacking corps gets an unexpected boost ...
Special teams coordinator Mark Tommerdahl addresses lack of return yardage in both the kickoff game and the punting game as Cal faces one of the nation's best on special teams ...
Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman talks about the challenges of defending Oregon, Vernon Adams and his fleet of weapons, as well as why the Bears haven't been getting many sacks and turnovers as of late.
What can Cal do to counter Oregon's sack-happy defensive front? We answer that in Scout NOW.
Defensive line coach Fred Tate breaks down what the defensive front has to do against the Oregon offense
al's run defense could be facing an uphill battle against Oregon's Vernon Adams and Royce Freeman, but Bears defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil is still confident.
California defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil brought a prop to his press conference appearance this week
What is Cal facing this weekend when the Bears and Jared Goff head up to Autzen Stadium to face the Ducks? Is Oregon's defense ripe for the picking?
Jared Goff has had a horror-filled month of October, but as the calendar turns, he returns to the site of his most nightmarish game of all -- Autzen Stadium -- on a three-game losing streak
We recap a busy weekend of Cal sports, from the basketball court to the gridiron, with recruiting updates galore
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Tyler Simmons bumped into another big-time athlete from Georgia during his official visit weekend