The reason for the absurd passing stats?
Sheer volume. Goff has thrown 168 passes in those games, good for over 56 attempts each time out.
"It's almost like a perimeter run game," said coach Mark Helfrich. "They're trying to keep you honest, to trigger on something maybe you shouldn't trigger on. That's there version of a toss sweep is a wide screen."
Helfrich likens Goff's responsibilities to that of point guard on a fast break, with getting the ball out quickly and to the playmakers as the key.
According to Helfrich, the key will not be pitching a yardage shutout, but more diminishing the Bears scoring opportunities and maximizing theirs.
"They're going to make some yards, there's no question about that. They do a great job in their system of making yards. We need to make seven on offense and they make three or 14 to 3," he said.
With the weather far from cooperative, the Ducks have spent the last three days indoors of the Mohofsky Center. Helfrich says they'll likely spend Thursday and Friday outside and that it's not a question of toughness, but of quality of reps.
"We don't sit and worry about our guys being tough and gutting out a wet, cold practice. We want to show up confident and ready to rock," he said.
Check in later this evening when Robby and I go further in-depth about the Cal passing attack on this week's podcast preview.