5 Things to Watch: Cal

Oregon State (2-7, 0-6) at California (5-4, 2-4)
 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
TV/Radio: Pac-12 Networks/Beaver Sports Network
Series: California leads 35-32. Last season, the Golden Bears defeated OSU, 45-31, at Reser Stadium. Daniel Lasco rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns to lead Cal, while Jordan Villamin caught nine passes for 140 yards and a TD to pace the Beavers.  
California’s last game: Lost 44-28 to Oregon.
Notable: Saturday’s game will mark the fourth time Gary Andersen has coached against Cal coach Sonny Dykes. He has a 1-2 record against Dyke, when he coached at Utah State and Dykes coached Louisiana Tech.

5 Things to Watch:
How will they respond: 
The Beavers are coming off being shut out at home for the first time since 1997. They also are in the midst of the six-game losing street. While Coach Andersen stresses that morale is fine, actions speak louder than words. How will the players come out?

Who steps up at running back: Bruiser Ryan Nall is out for the season, leaving the Beavers’ already-thin group of backs even more depleted. Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin has hinted at a surprise. Will it be Paul Lucas?

Can they pressure Goff: Cal is struggling right now, having lost four straight games. But that doesn’t make quarterback Jared Goff any less dangerous. So the Beavers need to get pressure on him, otherwise OSU could be just what the doctor ordered for Goff and Co.

Keep the Cal receivers in check: OSU’s secondary has been hit hard by injuries this season, and the unit has went through a lot of different starters and lineups. Can they hang in there and at least slow the Golden Bears’ deep and talented group of wideouts.

Big plays needed: There’s no question about it, the Beavers are in desperate need of a spark and nothing gets things rolling like a big play or three. It would be nice to see the receivers have a good game, but at this point a couple pick-6s would be awesome, too!

Call me crazy. Or maybe this losing streak is making me delirious. But you have two teams who are in a funk, so just maybe, if the Beavers come out swinging, they can upset Cal. They need to be aggressive and gain momentum early on. Go Beavs! (RW)



3 thoughts on “5 Things to Watch: Cal

  1. blowcheese

    yeah Raju i don’t see where Ryan Nall is out for the season. Just out this game only?

    Anyway we need an out and out miracle on defense this week just to make this a 4 quarter game. The don’t see how the offense is going to even get the ball in the endzone with mitchell at qb. The running game is decent on first and second down between the 20s but the passing game is the least effective it has been since pettibone and thats saying something. At least pettibone would run the ball with authority.

    I don’t know what to believe in this week. I think the major thing to watch is for angels to flutter down out of the berkeley hills and give beavs two or three gift touchdowns. Thats the key to this game right there.

  2. Building the Dam (@BuildingTheDam)

    I hadn’t heard or read that Ryan Nall is out for the season; only that he is out for this week, and as with concussion protocols, will continue to be evaluated, but could still play against Washington or in the Civil War if he checks out ok. I might have missed something though. Where did you see confirmation of his injury being season ending?

    1. Peter Riley Osborne

      That may have been my fault. I read that somewhere (probably on a forum) and I mentioned it to him. I know this game for certain.


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