Sonny Dykes (Kelley L. Cox / USA TODAY Sports)

Game Week: UCLA v. Cal Facts and Factors

Nov. 22 -- UCLA and Cal face off Saturday, in a battle of sister schools that are both 4-7 on the season and not much to play for except the sibling rivalry...

• UCLA travels north to take on the California Bears in Berkeley Saturday.

• The game is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff, and to be televised by ESPN 2.  Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich will be calling the action.

• UCLA and Cal have identical records: 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the Pac-12. 

• It's the 87th time the two sister schools have met on the football field, with UCLA holding a 53-32-1 edge all-time. 

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• UCLA won last year's match-up at the Rose Bowl, 40-24. Unranked UCLA beat #20-ranked Cal, with Josh Rosen completing 39 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns. Rosen's 39 completions was at the time a UCLA record for most completions in a game, which was then shattered this year by Mike Fafaul when he completed 57 in the loss to Utah.  Last year was also the game that UCLA placekicker Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked a UCLA record 60-yarder.

• UCLA has won the last three against the Bears, but there still is a vivid memory of the loss at Berkeley in 2012 when the #20-ranked Bruins were beaten soundly, 43-17, by a struggling Cal team in Jim Mora's first season. 

• The win in 2014 by UCLA was the Bruins' first in 16 years in Berkeley, going 0-7 from 1998 to 2014. 

• Between 1972 and 1989, UCLA beat the Bears 18 times in a row, the longest winning steak against any UCLA opponent.

• Since then, Cal leads the series 14-12.

• Sonny Dykes (47) is in his fourth year in Berkeley, with a record of 15-26.  It was looking like Dykes was turning around Cal, going 1-11 in 2013, 5-7 in 2014 and then 8-5 last year, but has now had a set-back of a season for 2016. 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 the thought has been that it's been difficult for Dykes and his staff to recruit California kids to Cal. The feeling is that Dykes was riding the talent of the #1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, quarterback Jared Goff,  for those first three seasons and now doesn't have much of an easy road to success in Berkeley.  After his 8-5 season last year, Dykes received a contract extension and raise last winter, but the general feeling is that he'll have to fix his incredibly porous defense or his seat will heat up next season. There has always been some sentiment that Dykes would like to return to his native Texas, and there are rumors that he could be a candidate for the open Baylor head coaching job. 

• UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley is ranked second in the nation for tackles for loss per game (1.8) and fifth in the nation in sacks per game (1.0). 

• UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown ranks first in the Pac-12 in tackles (105) and 16th in the nation in tackles per game (9.5). 

• Cal plays its games on campus at Memorial Stadium, which currently seats 62,467 and utilizes Matrix Turf.  The most-noteworthy recent news about the stadium is that it cost $321 million to renovate it in 2011, which has ultimately turned into $440 million in debt. In accordance with the debt payment structure, Cal has until the year 2112 to pay it off but intends to do it by the 2050s or so. 

Cal's Memorial Stadium

• The debt of the stadium renovation has contributed to the Cal athletic department's sizeable deficit, and it's on-going loss of about $20 million per year. The feeling is that it will cause the Cal athletic department to have to downsize, which will probably put some non-revenue Cal sports on the chopping block. 

• UCLA was, of course, founded in 1919, when the California State Legislature created the Southern Branch of the University of California, which then took over the facilities of the Los Angeles branch of the Los Angeles State Normal School. 

• The Golden Age of Cal football is considered the 1920s, when Cal football, led by coach Andy Smith, went 50 games straight undefeated, the third-longest unbeaten streak in NCAA football history.  During Smith's tenure, Cal won three NCAA recognized national titles, four Pacific Coast Conference championships and made three trips to the Rose Bowl

• There is a chance that the winner of UCLA/Cal could earn a berth in a bowl game. It's expected that possibly a handful of 5-7 teams will have a chance at a bowl berth, depending on the school's APR.  

• UCLA is favored by 3 points. 

• The weather forecast calls for a high of 57 degrees Saturday in Berkeley and a 70% chance of rain. 


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