Cal (5-4, 2-4 in Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (2-7, 0-6)
When: 7:30 p.m. Pacific, Sat., Nov. 14
Where: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
Weekly Preview Presser: Message Board Thread
TV: Pac-12 Networks - Ted Robinson (play by play), Glenn Parker (analyst), Jill Savage (sideline)
Radio: KGO 810 AM - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), former Cal QB Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio: Sirius (81) and XM (81)
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM - Glenn Borok (play-by-play), Eamonn Shannon (analyst), Todd Vogel (analyst)
Series History: Cal leads, 35-32
Last Meeting: Cal 45 at Oregon State 41 (Nov. 4, 2014)
Last Meeting at Cal: Oregon State 49, at Cal 17 (Oct. 19, 2013)
Current Win Streak: Cal, 1
Injuries: CB Jaylinn Hawkins (out-season; shoulder), LB Aisea Tongilava (out-season; toe), LB Jalen Jefferson (probable; shoulder), LB Michael Barton (probable; knee), DT James Looney (probable; knee), DT Mustafa Jalil (probable; lower body), WR Kenny Lawler (questionable; hip) ... Oregon State quarterback Seth Collins (out; knee), FB/RB/TE Ryan Nall (out; concussion)
Cal Notes: The 7:30 p.m. kickoff breaks a streak of 12 straight day home games for the Bears ... With a win, Cal will become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 ... Cal will partner with the national Alzheimer’s Association to host its second annual Alzheimer’s Awareness game Saturday. Cal players will wear #ENDALZ patches on their uniforms, while coaches will sport the same purple Alzheimer’s Association wristbands that will be given to fans ... Head coach Sonny Dykes's mother died from Alzheimer's ... Cal's 24 turnovers are tied for second in the nation ... The Bears are tied for fourth, nationally, in fumble recoveries (10), and are tied for sixth in interceptions (14) ... 18 of those turnovers came in the first five games of the season ... The Cal defense ranks first in the Pac-12 in fumble recoveries, first in interceptions and fourth in sacks ... Jalen Jefferson's 208 career tackles, 8.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss are all the most among active Bears defenders ... Linebacker Hardy Nickerson leads Cal in tackling this season with 66 stops, while safety Damariay Drew is second with 63 ... With his interception last week against Oregon, Darius White leads the team with three this season ... Through nine games, Cal has only been flagged 42 times for 356 yards. Those 42 penalties rank tied for second-fewest in the Pac-12 ... Cal ranks third in the conference and tied for 10th in the nation in lowest penalty yard average (39.6 ypg) ... Bears opponents have been penalized the most yards per penalty in the Pac-12 ... Last season, Cal was flagged 107 times for 82.2 yards per game, last in the conference ... Cal has averaged its fewest offensive plays per game -- 76.0 -- of the Sonny Dykes era this season.
Goff's Struggles: Defensively, the Beavers have the lowest sack total in the conference and the second-lowest interception total. For an offense that's had issues with both, it should be a welcome relief from the past four weeks. Quarterback Jared Goff has seen his highest sack percentage in three years, this season. It's currently at 5.7% of his drop-backs, after 5.6% in 2013 (when Cal allowed 33 sacks) and 4.9% in 2014. Goff's interception rate has also risen this year, to 3.4% of his passing attempts, up from 1.3% last year, and 1.9% in 2013.
Oregon State Notes: Nationally, Oregon State ranks 124th in the percent of plays run by opposing teams that result in a turnover, a sack or a tackle for loss for the Beavers defense. They're also 101st in opponent plays that go for a first down or touchdown (33.82%) ... Oregon State's 1.25 sacks per game is 115th in the country, the Beavers' 4.00 tackles for loss per game is 124th and their 4.83 yards per rush attempt allowed is 101st ... Opposing quarterbacks are completing 66% of their passes against Oregon State, good for 118th in the country. The Beavers average just 1.75 pass break-ups per game, which is 126th -- second-to-last -- in the Football Bowl Subdivision ... Oregon State is last in the conference in scoring offense (17.2 ppg), and has scored 25 points combined in its last three games ... The Beavers are last in the Pac-12 in total offense, averaging 328.9 yards per game -- fewer total yards than California averages in passing yards (337.0) per game ... Oregon State is a bit better -- ninth in the Pac-12 -- in rushing offense, averaging 172.4 yards per game ... The Beavers are ninth in the Pac-12 rushing defense (202.2 ypg), ninth in total defense (429.1 ypg), 11th in interceptions (7) and ninth in passing efficiency defense (139.1).
Game Week Content
From Sonny Dykes job speculation to the ineptitude of both the Oregon State offense and defense, to a sold out student section for Cal Basketball -- which begins on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion -- the Bear Republic Podcast is covering it all this week, including the aftermath of point guard Charlie Moore's decision to sign with Memphis. Can Cal manage a win this weekend over the Beavers and get to a bowl game? Can this Cal basketball team truly make our jaws drop? How much does Josh Rosen complain after a 41-0 win? We've got all those answers and more.
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Cal Basketball Opens Season
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I chop up the opener as Ivan Rabb nets the first double-double of his career, while Tyrone Wallace takes advantage of the weapons around him in a 97-65 win over Rice.
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