2010 PREVIEW: California

BEFORE THE FINAL WHISTLE blows on this afternoon's scrimmage, our continuing 2010 preview. And looking at Week 7 -- it's a matchup with California. The Golden Bears are another program Oregon State has enjoyed tremendous success against over the past decade -- the Men in Black have won 8 of the last 10 matchups. Does that trend continue in 2010?

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 The Word on the Bears

With Locker back for another season, the Huskies have just one more shot to get things right and not let all of that talent go to waste. The Huskies should have plenty of offense to end the program's misery and post that elusive winning record, but continuing defensive shortcomings likely will keep this team from making a huge turnaround... Athlon

In 2010, look for continued improvement defined by the occasional stumble, as developing teams are wont to do. There's plenty to like: Locker is one of the top quarterbacks in the country; the Huskies have surrounded him with a handful of solid offensive skill players; and the secondary is primed to make a significant impact. Yet I can't ignore some of the concerns: unless we see sizable improvement during the fall, both sides of the line will be this team's Achilles heel... PreSnapRead.com

The Bears are poised to extend their streak of winning seasons and bowl invitations, but that’s where the line in the sand is now being drawn. Despite having plenty of next-level talent on both sides of the ball, difficult questions persist. Can Kevin Riley finally give Cal what it needs behind center? Can the problems in the secondary be solved by a new defensive coordinator? Will the school fade once the schedule stiffens? Cal knows what it is and so does the rest of the country. And that’s no indictment of the program. The Bears will be a first division Pac-10 team playing in a December bowl game. Anything more is going to qualify as an upset and cause for a celebration... CFN

Replacing five starters on defense, one of the top rushers in school history and a starting offensive tackle who started all 13 games in 2007 and 2009 (injured in 2008), Cal has some question marks peppered throughout the roster. Quarterback Kevin Riley must have a solid senior campaign if the Bears want to compete in the conference. Inconsistency at the game's most important position (arguably, I know) can plague a team. He'll have some offensive weapons to work with in Vereen, Jones, Ross and Sofele, but needs to step up to finally live up to expectations in his farewell campaign... XtraPointFootball.com

The pieces are in play for California to go bowling again. Vereen proved his worth as a reliable running back and Riley just needs to improve his efficiency (completed 54 percent of his passes last year) for Cal’s offense to be one of the league’s best. If the defense—especially the secondary—can step up, Tedford’s squad should be solid again in 2010... Orlando Sentinel

As much as I hate to say it, it looks like another eight-win season. To some that may seem successful. Others will see it as a continuation of the mediocrity this team has endured since sharing the Pac-10 title in 2006. The season will be a success if Cal wins its three non-conference game handily and sweeps the home Pac-10 slate. A road win at Arizona, Oregon State, or USC will be icing on the cake and could put the Bears in contention for the Pac-10 title... CollegeFootballZealots

 

 Bears at a Glance
 Head Coach  Jeff Tedford
 at Cal  67-35 (9th Year), Same overall
 2009 Record  8-5 Overall, 5-4 Pac-10
 Home/Road/Neutral  4-2 / 4-2 / 0-1
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  8 / 3
 Def Starters Ret/Lost  6 / 5
 Lettermen Returning  55
 Off/Def/Spec  25 / 25 / 5
 Lettermen Lost  18
 
 2009 Team Statistics
 
Stat
NCAA
Pac-10
 Total Offense
392.15
49
4
 Rushing Offense
169.46
42
3
 Passing Offense
222.69
53
5
 Points/Game
29.08
47
4
 Total Defense
378.85
72
7
 Rushing Defense
112.00
23
2
 Passing Defense
266.85
111
9
 Pts Allowed/Game
25.46
60
7
 
 Returning Stat Leaders
Diondre Borel  #13 Kevin Riley | 6-2 | 224 | Sr. | QB
 Passing: 209-382, 2850 Yds, 18 TDs, 8 INTs
Robert Turbin  #34 Shane Vereen | 5-10 | 204 | Jr. | RB
 Rushing: 183 Att, 952 Yds, 5.2 Avg, 12 TDs
Stanley Morrison  # Marvin Jones | 6-2 | 200 | Jr. | WR
 Receiving: 43 Rec, 651 Yds, 15.1 Avg, 6 TDs
Rajric Coleman  #18 Mike Mohamed | 6-3 | 245 | Sr. | LB
 Tackles: 112 Total, 69 Solo, 8.0 TFL, 3 INT
Rajric Coleman  #23 Josh Hill | 5-11 | 195 | So. | CB
 INTs: 2 for 6 Yds, 34 Tackles, 30 solo
Chris Randle  #97 Cameron Jordan | 6-4 | 283 | Sr. | DE
 SACKS: 6 for 35, 48 Tackles, 22 Solo, 9.5 TFL
 
 Series History
 Games Played  62
 Series Record  Cal leads, 33-29
 Last Meeting  31-14, OSU on 11/7/2009
 First Meeting  10-0, Cal in 1905
 
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