Grool's keys to the California game

This week is scary. The Beavers are playing a team whose coach does not like the Beavers, who are coming off of a loss on national TV, and are capable of putting up huge offensive numbers. The Oregon State offense should be able to score on the Bears defense, but if OSU does not slow down the Fighting Tedford's offense it could be another long day. I am talking really bad, three hour movie, wait for next week's episode of Lost long. But here's what the Men in Black need to do to keep in close.

1. The defensive backs better eat there Wheaties
Wide receiver Robert Jordan may not be mistaken for Michael Jordan, but he is fully capable of having a huge day against the OSU backfield as well as freshman DeSean Jackson. Sabby Piscitelli and company needs to play their best game of the year in order to keep the game close.


2. Stack the box
Cal has great one-two punch in the offensive backfield with Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett who are only second to the terrible twosome at USC.  The defense must get to the ball carrier quick and not allow four or more yards per running play, ESPECIALLY on first downs.


3. Take advantage of the weak spots
For Cal that is their special teams.  Sammie Stroughter, Lamar Herron and Ruben Jackson will all be playing close to home and are due for a punt or kickoff return for a touchdown.  Hopefully with their family and friends in the stands they will show that extra something and give the Beavers an edge.


This is a winnable game if the defense steps up and the Beavers aren't forced into a shootout.

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