Head coach: Jeff Tedford (Fourth year)
(Career: 30-14 | At Cal: 30-14 | Vs. OSU: 1-2)
Current ranking: No. 18 in AP, No. 16 in Coaches Poll
Current record: 5-1
Picked to finish: Second by the media
Streak: One game losing streak...10 game home winning streak
Last time California and Oregon State met...
Oct. 2, 2005 in Corvallis - California 49, Oregon State 7
Then No. 10 California rolled to a 49-7 victory last season at Reser Stadium (Oct. 2) and dropped the Beavers to 1-4 for the year. Bear receiver Chase Lyman had five receptions for 176 yards and three touchdowns (all in 1st half). JJ Arrington added 108 yards on the ground. Cal out-gained OSU 433-302 in what was the lowest point of the season for the Beavers...more from BF.com.
Last time Oregon State played in Berkeley...
Oct. 4, 2005 - Oregon State 35, California 21
Steven Jackson rushed for 227 yards on 35 carries and scored three touchdowns as Oregon State defeated California for the fifth straight time, 35-21 Saturday on a day when both teams showcased their star running backs...more from BF.com.
Last time California played...
Oct., 8, 2005 - UCLA 47, California 40
Maurice Drew ran for three touchdowns, scored another on a long punt return, and caught a 28-yard pass for the go-ahead touchdown Saturday night as No. 20 UCLA rallied for a wild 47-40 victory over No. 10 California...more from CalBears.com.
Series history (Cal leads 32-25, Cal leads 19-12 in Berkeley)...
California and Oregon State have met 57 times dating to 1905. In 31 games played at Berkeley, Cal leads 19-12. It has been a series of streaks. Cal won last year snapping a five-game OSU win streak. Prior to that, Cal won six in a row, preceded by OSU winning five straight, preceded by Cal winning six in a row. The Beavers have won the last two played at Berkeley with the last Cal win at home coming in 1997 (33-14).
Oregon State holds a two game winning streak in Memorial Stadium (38-32 victory
in 2000, 35-21 win in 2003). The last time Cal lost at home was in 2003 versus
OSU. The Bears have not defeated OSU at home since 1997 (33-14).
Oregon State mentor Mike Riley coached then quarterback and current California head coach Jeff Tedford during the 1988 Canadian Football League season in Winnipeg. The Bombers won the Grey Cup title that season and Riley was named the Coach of the Year. Cal offensive line coach Jim Michalczik was Oregon States offensive line/special teams coach from 1999-2001.
TV and ranked opponents...
Televised games, especially when the event is broadcast live on ESPN or ABC, haven't been kind to the Oregon State football team the past couple of seasons. Since 2000, the Beavers are 2-5 on ESPN and a measly 1-6 on ABC. The two wins on ESPN were in bowl games while the lone win on ABC was in the 2002 Civil War that was just broadcast in the hometown state.
The problem is that when the Beavers are on national television they are playing on the road against a ranked team. OSU has never played a home game in front of an ESPN audience and out of the seven times on ABC, the Beavers have been at home just twice.
While at OSU coach Mike Riley is 0-2 on ABC with both losses coming in 2003 against Oregon and USC. In his five years he is 10-8 overall when his team appears on television.
This weekend the Men in Black will once again get their shot on national television as they face the eighteenth ranked California Bears on ABC. Oregon State has lost eight consecutive contests to ranked opponents, including the last seven on the road.
Through the air...
Oregon State quarterbacks are on record pace for an 11-game season for passing yards. The Beavers are currently on target to pass for 3,817 yards, which would be the second-highest total ever at OSU, trailing only the 4,265 yards in the 13-game 2003 season.
If Oregon State could eliminate four quarters (out of 20 quarters total) from this season it would eliminate 56 percent (100) of its entire points allowed. The Beavers gave up 28 in the third quarter to Arizona State, 28 in the second to Louisville, 21 in the third to Louisville and 23 in the second to Washington State. Those four quarters the defense has allowed a combined 840 yards or 36 percent of the entire seasons total.
Cal team notes:
- The Bears led the conference in total defense (306.33 ypg), scoring defense
(16.67 ppg) and pass efficiency defense (97.56) - while ranking second in
the league in rushing defense (105.00 ypg).
- Cal isscoring 40.17 ppg - 11th in the country - and rate fifth in the nation
in rushing at 271.17 ypg. Two Cal tailbacks are averaging more than 100 ypg,
with sophomore Justin Forsett ninth in the NCAA with 123.00 ypg and sophomore
Marshawn Lynch at 108.8 ypg.
- Under Jeff Tedford, the Bears are 10-3 when coming off of a defeat. California
has not lost two straight games since 2003 when it fell at home to Oregon
State and then traveled to the Rose Bowl and dropped a 23-20 overtime decision
- The Bears have won nine of their last 11 and 11 of their last 13 Pac-10 games.