Check out the Oregon vs. California fearless prediction and game preview.
Oregon (2-4) vs. California (3-3) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Game Time: 10:30 pm
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
It’s Oregon’s last stand for so many reasons.
After losing four straight, and with 13 days to sit and stew on a 70-21 loss to Washington, the Ducks need a key win on the road to try getting back in the hunt for a bowl game.
Forget the Pac-12 title, and forget about challenging for anything big. For now, just getting a victory to stop the slide would do wonders for the program and head coach Mark Helfrich.
What’s been the biggest problem? The defense can’t come up with a stop in any way, getting hit hard by anything and everything Colorado, Washington State and Washington wanted to do. The offense isn’t as strong as it was a few years ago to make up for the defensive deficiencies, but with time off to prepare, and with Cal’s star pitch-catch combination of QB Davis Webb to WR Chad Hansen hurting, this is the chance to turn things around.
Webb should be able to go on his banged up ankle, and Hansen is trying to fight through a hand injury. They need to not only play, but be amazing to keep the Bear hopes alive.
After blowing the layup against Oregon State two weeks ago, Cal now has to win three of its last six games with trips to USC and Washington State ahead, and Washington, Stanford and UCLA still to deal with. Shockingly, Oregon is the easiest game left on the slate.
But offense isn’t Cal’s biggest problem.
The defense couldn’t deal with the Oregon State spread – getting hammered for 474 rushing yards and six touchdowns as the Beavers ripped off big run after big run.
And that’s exactly what Oregon is going to do.
No, the Duck defense won’t be able to stop anything the Bears are able to do no matter who’s at quarterback, but this will be the bust-out game for the offense. Royce Freeman crushed Cal for 180 yards last year and 112 yards and two scores as a freshman.
He’ll hit 200 yards without breathing hard.
Oregon vs. California Prediction
Final Score: Oregon 45, Cal 40
Line: California -3, o/u: 88.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Cash in the 401k – 1: Broke College Athlete: Anything Helps … 2
Must See Rating: 5: Phi Slama Jama – 1: Kevin Can Wait … 3