PREVIEW: Three things to watch for when Cal's defense takes the field against Oregon State

What will we be watching for when the Cal defense hits the field against Oregon State and its patchwork offensive line on Saturday?

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PREVIEW: DEFENDING OREGON STATE (members)

  • Oregon State's decimated offensive line presents an opportunity for California to gain confidence headed into the bye week, but Victor Bolden and Seth Collins may have something to say about that.

OFFENSIVE PREVIEW: WHAT DO WE NEED TO SEE HEADED INTO THE BYE?

  • Cal has one of the best passing offenses in the nation, but will the Bears be using their ICBMs or their more short-range, close-quarter weaponry in Corvallis on Saturday?

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ONE-ON-ONE: JACOB PEELER

  • Jacob Peeler's inside receivers have been at the center of game plans the last two weeks, and on Saturday, given the deep zones Oregon State will play, Cal fans may very well see more out of the likes of Melquise Stovall and Vic Wharton.

WHAT TO WATCH: 3 THINGS ON OFFENSE VS. OSU

  • Vic Wharton is back on the inside, and Khalfani Muhammad is back among the living. How will they affect the outcome this weekend against Oregon State?

BTTV: SPAVITAL ON SHIFTING OSU DEFENSE

  • Having Khalfani Muhammad back a week after Cal introduced Demetris Robertson and Melquise Stovall to the backfield gives the Bears options against Oregon State's defense.

TWO MINUTE DRILL: CAL VS. OREGON STATE

  • Khalfani Muhammad returns, but will Cal run the ball more? Plus, Vic Wharton slides to the inside to take over for Kanawai Noa and Matt Rockett, and Demetris Robertson and Melquise Stovall get involved in the backfield.

BTTV: DYKES LAUDS ANDERSEN'S DEFENSE (members)

  • Cal's defense will once again miss linebacker Derron Brown, while the offense has to make do without Kanawai Noa and Matthew Rockett.

PAC-12 ROUNDUP: TOP STORIES FOR WEEK 6

  • All you need to know about Pac-12 football leading into Week 6

LOONEY'S STOP IS FUNDAMENTAL PLAY OF WEEK (members)

  • James Looney's goal-line stop against Utah is named the Pac-12's Fundamental Play of the Week by USA Football, an honor that bestows a $4,000 equipment grant to a local youth football organization.

BEAR REPUBLIC PODCAST: CAL VS. OREGON STATE (members)

  • Angie Machado of BeaverBlitz says that second-year head coach Gary Anderson had to nuke the entire Oregon State program in order to shift to new offensive and new defensive schemes.

JAMES LOONEY: WHY SO SERIOUS?

  • To understand Cal defensive tackle James Looney, all one has to do is look at his skin. His life, his personality, his history, his soul, is writ in tattoo ink.

BTTV: KAUFMAN HAS FAITH

Art Kaufman talks about Oregon State's shifty new offense, James Looney's final stand and the evolution of the Cal defense.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: OREGON STATE (members)

  • Q&A: Angie Machado of Beaver Blitz breaks down Oregon State ahead of Cal's clash with the Beavers up in Corvallis on Saturday at 6 p.m., on the Pac-12 Networks.

BTTV: DAVIS WEBB TALKS OREGON STATE

  • Cal quarterback Davis Webb, the Pac-12 offensive player of the week, talks about the final defensive stand against Utah, and offensive shortcomings.

RAMBO OUT FOR THE YEAR

  • California has lost its third starting safety in three months, as Evan Rambo goes down with an ACL injury

BEQUETTE UNDERGOING EVALUATION

  • Cal head coach Sonny Dykes updates the health of some key players, and takes a look ahead to the Bears' foe this weekend, in 1-3 Oregon State.

Recruiting

PAC-12 RECRUITING NOTEBOOK

4-STAR TE JOHNSON COMPLETELY SOLID TO CAL

BEYOND THE COMMITMENT: MICHAEL SAFFELL (members)

SAFFELL: I WAS BLOWN AWAY

BIG RED FRESHNESS: SAFFELL COMMITS

EARLY SIGNING PERIOD COMING TO FOOTBALL?

SCOUT'S OCTOBER PREMIUM RECRUITING SCOOP (members)

BEYOND THE COMMITMENT: TREVIN KNELL (members)

TREVIN KNELL COMMITS TO CAL (members)

4-STAR CB GATES LOCKS IN OFFICIAL VISITS

COMMITMENT ANALYSIS: JORDAN GENMARK-HEATH

FILM: CAL OFFEREE FRANKLIN BANKS (members)

BLAKE MCDONALD TALKS CAL OFFER ON VISIT (members)

JORDAN GENMARK-HEATH COMMITS TO CAL

From The Other Side

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BEHIND ENEMY LINES: CALIFORNIA (members)

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