"They're still very good on defense," Wulff said. "They've got six seniors on defense. For us, we've got to execute better. We've got to find ways to run the ball. We've got to play a dang good football game on offense."
But there figures to be scoring opportunities against California (4-4, 1-4). The Golden Bears allow just 199.3 passing yards per game, which ranks 32nd among FBS schools. Their pass defense efficiency, which ranks 53rd, suggests they are not quite as strong in that area, though.
He said California primarily uses a Cover 1 scheme, but also mixes in other protections. He then reiterated that his team's success is more dependent on how it performs than the opponent's scheme. Wulff said that means avoiding penalties and dropping balls.
"It goes back to execution," he said. "The things we want to do are there."
Wulff also said starting redshirt freshman defensive tackle Kalafitoni Pole (pinched nerve) likely will play Saturday if he is able to get through today's practice without any issues. He said Pole is adjusting to wearing a protective collar around his neck.
"He deserves that," Wulff said. "He's kicked the ball extremely well this year. His kickoffs are improving."
He cited other youthful players, such as sophomore wide receiver Marquess Wilson, that he also believes are deserving of recognition.
"You're looking at a lot of first- and second-year players making their mark," Wulff said. "You're starting to see the young talent emerge in this program."
Michalczik briefly was the offensive line coach at the University of Washington, but resigned from that position when former Raiders coach Tom Cable hired him. Wulff jokingly said he was "not happy" about Michalczik taking the UW job and has not completely forgiven him.