What will we be looking for when California is on offense against Utah on Saturday? Three receivers who aren't named Chad Hansen. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is second in the nation in receiving yards (164.0 per game), and touchdown catches (6), but if the Bears are to navigate an experienced Utes secondary, they'll need Demetris Robertson, Brandon Singleton and Melquise Stovall to step up.
We'll also be paying attention to the run game. Khalfani Muhammad rushed for 74 yards on nine carries in the first half against Arizona State, but only three for 10 in the second half, because of injury. In that first half, the Bears rushed for 134 yards as a team, averaging 6.7 yards per carry in the second quarter. Cal only managed 25 rushing yards after the break.
Before their game against USC, the Utes were holding opponents to just 3.5 yards per carry on the ground, but the Trojans managed 6.5 yards per carry against the conference's fourth-best rushing defense in Salt Lake City last week. If Muhammad can get going, and Cal dedicates itself to the run early, that could open up the middle for the likes of Singleton, Robertson and Stovall, all of whom had big weeks of practice.
We'll also be looking at how quarterback Davis Webb fares against the zone blitz of Utah, particularly when the Utes are missing two key pieces on their defensive line, in Lowell Lotulelei and Kylie Fitts.
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