Oregon vs. Cal Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Oregon vs. Cal fearless prediction and game preview.
Oregon (3-1) vs. Cal (3-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30th
Game Time: 10:30 pm ET
Venue: Atzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
How far has Oregon fallen from its national title-caliber level of a few years ago?
It just lost to Arizona State, and the defeat barely registered a whisper on a national scale.
This is supposed to be a wee bit of a rebuilding year under new head man Willie Taggart, but the talent is in place to do big things offensively – and it has – and be a big player in the Pac-12 race.
Lose to Cal, and part two of that is all but finished with road games at Stanford and Washington still to play.
The Bears are really going through a rebuilding year – at least compared to Oregon – under new head man Justin Wilcox, but they’re ahead of schedule.
Unlike Vanderbilt vs. Alabama and Purdue vs. Michigan in two of the other key upstart home games against big boys last week, Cal didn’t get blown out of the water against its blueblood.
It took a late score to get there, but the Bears lost in a respectable 30-20 fight that showed just how far the program has come, and also what’s missing.
With a road game at Washington on next, though, coming away from Autzen Stadium with a win could be a must. When was the last time that happened? 2007.
This Cal team might be just about ready to bust through the streak.
One Reason Why Cal Will Win
What went from for Oregon against Arizona State? A few things.
1) The Ducks couldn’t seem to convert a third down play to save their lives, going 1-for-11 on the day, which directly contributed to 2) getting absolutely housed in time of possession. Not helping matters in any way was 3) the 14 penalties for 99 yards.
Cal hasn’t been great at third downs on either side of the ball, but it’s okay. Against USC, it was solid enough.
Time of possession also isn’t that big an issue, and while penalties are a problem, it’s committing more than three fewer a game than the Ducks are.
So far the Bear run defense has been a rock – at least it’s been after having issues with North Carolina to start the season. ASU showed how to bottle up Royce Freeman and the Oregon ground game last week – don’t let it get on the field. If if does, the Bears – unlike the last few years – can tackle.
One Reason Why Oregon Will Win
Will the Cal offense give the ball up like it did against USC?
Turnovers weren’t a problem all season long, and then last week the team melted down with four Ross Bowers interceptions and six turnovers in all. It helped to play against Nebraska and Tanner Lee – who’s giving out interceptions to everyone like they’re Halloween candy – but so far the Duck secondary has done a nice job of taking the ball away.
They’re going to need to come up with a few picks this week, too.
The Oregon offense has balance and explosion, and yes, it does know how to convert third down chances. Last week was an aberration. Before that, the Ducks were hitting on close to 60% of their chances.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s going to be good.
Cal is playing so, so much better in so many ways, but it lacks the firepower to keep up after Oregon goes on a mid-game scoring run. However, the Ducks are prone to a few lulls – and a big one against Nebraska. Cal will get its chances.
Bowers will have a solid comeback performance with a nice second half run, but the Oregon offensive balance will find a groove again just in time to get out with a strong win.
Oregon vs. Cal Prediction
Oregon 34, Cal 27
Oregon -13.5, o/u: 68.5
5: “U bum” – 1: “Dotard” … 3
Must See Rating
5: American Made – 1: My Little Pony: The Movie … 3