Bears Must Keep Focus on Maryland

The California Golden Bears sit at 2-0 and now must fly across the country to face the Maryland Terrapins. After a huge win over a Big Ten foe and a blowout victory in the conference opener, with the Terps on deck, the Bears must find something about them that is threatening…

In the season opener against Michigan State, the Spartans were bringing in an aggressive defense and punishing running game to California. It was easy for the Bears to get up for Michigan State. After a hard fought win, the Bears flew to Washington State, quickly got off to a 14-0 start, and never looked back. With Maryland on deck, the Bears must stay focused despite the Terps lackluster performances in its two games.

The first thing that the Bears must be prepared for is the early start of the game this Saturday. Cal is not use to playing games at 9:00 a.m. PST. It is essential for the Bears to get out of the blocks quickly. They did a good job of jumping on the Cougars last week. If Maryland makes Cal earn their points, the Bears must be prepared to go on 80-yard drives and execute their plays until they get in the end zone. If the Bears are able to put some points on the board, Maryland could fold under pressure. The last two games the Terrapins have scored a total of 28 points.

What the Terps do have is a threat at the wide receiver position. Darrius Heyward-Bey at 6-2 206 pounds is averaging 22.9 yards per catch in the last two games. Last week, in a loss to Middle Tennessee, Bey averaged 30 ypc. The Darrius Heyward-Bey and Syd'Quan Thompson match-up should be fun to watch.

Maryland has had a tough time scoring in the first two games of the 2008 season, but they have gained a lot of yards on the ground. Terrapin's running back Da'Rel Scott (5'11" 192) is averaging 8.6 ypc and has a total of 320 yards on the season. The combination of Scott and Heyward-Bey should keep the attention of the Bear's defense.

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