Game Week: Cal Facts and Factors

Oct. 20 -- The Bears are back, with head coach Sonny Dykes having engineered a quick turnaround of the Cal program...

• UCLA hosts the California Bears Thursday, Oct. 21st, in the Rose Bowl, with the game kicking off at 6:00 p.m. and carried on ESPN.

• UCLA fell to 4-2 (1-2 Pac-12 South) last week after its loss to Stanford, and fell out of the rankings for the first time this season.

• Cal is 5-1 (2-1) and ranked #19 and #20 in the polls.

• The Bears’ lone defeat was at #3/#7-ranked Utah, 30-24. 

• It will be the the 86th meeting between the two sibling schools in football, with UCLA holding a 52-32-1 edge.

• It’s the fourth consecutive week that Cal has been ranked this season.   The #19 ranking is the highest ranking for the Bears in six years, since the 2009 season. 

• Cal is coming off a bye week, after losing Oct. 10th to Utah. 

• UCLA under Jim Mora hasn’t played well against Cal.  It was semi-blown out in 2012 in Berkeley, 43-17; won at the Rose Bowl in 2013 in disappointing fashion against a really bad Cal team, 37-10;  and barely squeaked out a win last year at Cal, 36-34. 

• The last time UCLA played a Cal team that was ranked higher than the Bruins was in 2007, when the #10 Bears came to the Rose Bowl and were upset, 30-21. UCLA was unranked

• UCLA beat Cal 18 times in a row, from 1972 to 1989. 

• Since then, Cal leads the series 14-11.

• in the last 50 years, going into the Cal/UCLA game, the Bears have only been ranked higher than UCLA 7 other times, and UCLA holds a 4-3 edge in those games.

• Sonny Dykes (45) is in his third year in Berkeley, with a record of 11-19.  It’s been a pretty dramatic turnaround, going 1-11 in 2013, 5-7 last year and not starting out 2015 at 5-1.  Dykes made a name for himself as the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech under Mike Leach, being one of the principal architects of the Air Raid offense.  He went on to be the OC at Arizona, then the head coach at Texas Tech before being hired as Cal’s head guy after the firing of Jeff Tedford.  Dykes is from Texas, and hired a staff with some Texans at Cal, and it was originally thought it could be difficult for Dykes and his staff to recruit California kids to Cal.

• UCLA Center Jake Brendel’s next start will be his 46th, moving him into a tie for second on the all-time school list (#1 on the list is LB Spencer Havner with 48 starts in 2002-2005).

• Since beating Arizona in game four, UCLA has not had a lead in the last two games against ASU and Stanford.

• UCLA is 11-7 under Jim Mora against ranked opponents. 

• UCLA has now lost back-to-back conference games in each of the last three seasons. 

• UCLA is currently favored by 3 points.

• The weather forecast calls for a high of 81 degrees on Thursday.





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